The activist Greta Thunberg responded Saturday on Twitter, the creators of a cartoon that allegedly represents to the teen being sexually assaulted. The drawing appears next to the logo an oil company canadianwhich has led to a strong wave of criticism against the company in the social networks.
The image, which appears to be a sticker, it shows a young girl, with the open back, while two hands grab from behind the braids. The word “Greta” is drawn on the back of the woman and below the logo X-Site Energy Services, an oil company in Alberta, Canada.
The response of Thunberg, 17 years old, was not long in coming: “They are increasingly desperate … This shows that we are winning”. The teen Swedish, known throughout the world for his activism against climate change, is usually included hair in two long braids. In 2019, she was named person of the year magazine Time and was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.
They are starting to get more and more desperate…
This shows that we’re winning. https://t.co/NLOZL331X9
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 29, 2020
Michelle Narang, a council member of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, told the television channel Global News almost wept when he saw the cartoon. According to the account, a friend who works in the oil industry you posted the image and told him that he had seen an employee of X-Site handing out the sticker. Disgusted, he shared his thoughts and the photo in a posting on Facebook.
“I am absolutely disgusted that X-Site Energy Services think that the men and women who work hard in the energy industry tolerate this representation of a child clearly violated,” said Narang.
Doug Sparrow, general manager of the company, explained to this television channel that he was aware of what had happened but that the company was not responsible of the caricature. Told that has been bombarded with phone calls, emails and social networking messages on the picture, but denied that the company had something to do with it.
“We don’t publish those stickers or photos on social networks,” said Sparrow to Global News. “You have been tagged in our accounts, personal and company, that I’m closing in now to try to mitigate the damage. We do not publish these things, okay?”. According to this channel, you are asked repeatedly to Sparrow on the origin of the image, but he he declined to comment.
The police said last Friday in a statement that after an investigation, it was determined that “the sticker does not comply with the elements of child pornography … nor does it represent an act is not consensual that it would be a direct threat to the person”. As well, the authorities in Alberta did not consider that it constitutes a criminal offence.
Despite the fact that the police refused to file criminal charges, many canadian officials denounced the image. The minister of culture, multiculturalism and status of women of Alberta, Leela Aheer, tweeted: “The graphic in this article is completely deplorable, unacceptable and degrading. This is not what our province. Who is responsible should be ashamed and apologize immediately. I’m with the people of Alberta against this horrific image “.
The prime minister of Alberta, ” Jason Kenney, responded by supporting the declaration of Aheer. “Thank you for reporting this hateful image“denounced.