It was way back in April when we did a post on how, after she’d stopped by Parliament in the U.K. to talk climate change, Greta Thunberg would be immune from criticism because she checked so many boxes; criticism would be perceived as “an attack.”
Those that "attack" the sixteen-year-old climate activist on social media should, perhaps, bare in mind that she has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder & Selective Mutism. And remember, she is just sixteen-years-old. pic.twitter.com/UIkChfl6ZS
— Jim Slater (@69mib) April 24, 2019
And yet … some adults must be facilitating her trips around the world and her speeches before European parliaments.
As Twitchy reported, sports journalist Molly Knight weighed in after Thunberg’s testimony before the U.N. by saying, “The very worst men on the Internet are rightfully terrified of sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg and it is glorious.”
We don’t know the very worst men on the Internet, but we do know that a lot of conservative men were terrified for her — she’s convinced there’s no point going to school because she’ll be dead from climate change, and no one who might talk her out of that belief is allowed close enough to “attack” her.
Anyway, ABC News reporter Julia Macfarlane stepped out of her unbiased reporter’s shoes and called out all the Twitter cyberbullying she’d seen all day:
On Twitter today: a very large number of adult men all over the world – cyberbullying a 16 year old girl with autism.
— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) September 23, 2019
Notice how important it is for all of Thunberg’s supporters/acolytes to defend her not with facts about climate change but with references to her autism. She’s 16, she has autism, do not question her.
She's the victim. It's a hostage video.
— J.G. Petruna (@jgpetruna) September 24, 2019
Aren’t you the dishonest one? 😂
— Stan Borden ❌ (@stanborden) September 24, 2019
nope. can't have it both ways. use a child as a political prop, push her out there, and then act incredulous when criticism gets mounted. if people really care that "she's a kid", then the adults hiding behind her need to step out.
— Pepper (@PepperGii) September 23, 2019
Then stop hiding behind her.
— Silence and Frost (@secjr112) September 24, 2019
You mean the one they’re currently using as a prop and will discard immediately upon her outliving her usefulness? That one?
— DanCamm (@Dan_Camm) September 24, 2019
If she started telling us that white is black and black is white, would we still not be allowed to hold her to account?
— Auslander (@exiledenglander) September 24, 2019
If she started into a pro-life speech?
Most of what I read on Twitter today was concern for her mental health and wellbeing. How is that cyberbullying?
— anthony sherry (@brez262) September 24, 2019
We have no argument with Greta, but her parents are the most appalling people.
— Rob Boyd, Esq. (@AvonandsomerRob) September 23, 2019
On Twitter today a very large number of people all over the world tried to shut down debate by using a 16 year old girl with autism…
— Токсическая сеть (@Toxic_Web) September 23, 2019
People saying “it’s abusive to use this child as a prop for a political agenda” are not cyber bullying
— MLH ♥️ (@just_mindy) September 24, 2019
Not the case at all. Ppl commented. Who put her out there Julia?
— GeorgeKevin (@agoodeye) September 24, 2019
You're the one abusing her.
— Hey, guys (@jtLOL) September 24, 2019
Or a huge number of men and women concerned about people using a kid to push an agenda. But you do you. I wouldn't expect a modern day journalist to be fair minded.
— Dad Ayup (@Dadbyup) September 24, 2019
No, we’re concerned for her safety. Who has been brainwashing this poor child, and why are they terrorizing her? She may need to be rescued from the cult.
— Greenland Invasion Force 🇺🇸🇬🇱 (@jasonmn) September 24, 2019
Disagreeing with the views of a public personality isn't cyberbullying.
— Philosotheist (@Philosotheist) September 24, 2019
— Laura Gadbery 💁🏼♀️ (@lgadbery) September 24, 2019
On Twitter today: a very large number of adult men all over the world – express empathy for a 16 year old girl and condemnation of her parents. There fixed it.
— Skyler (@evo4g63t) September 24, 2019
— EdAsante (@EdAsante77) September 24, 2019
— Tuck Won Do (@Tuckwondo) September 24, 2019
— Joel (@Jamisen) September 24, 2019
I didn’t see a lot of bullying her, more vitriol directed at the parents and other adults blatantly pressuring her to be front and center.
— Captain Ernie (@ekb45) September 24, 2019
Some of us adult men see she is being abused, Julia. This kid is in way over her head because some defective adults thought it a good idea this young girl takes on the world. I do hope she gets the help she needs. She is breaking down fast.
— Paul Macolino (@paschoolinsure) September 24, 2019
I see nothing wrong with mocking Greta Thunberg, making fun of her and pointing out her mistakes in the most brutal way possible. If she doesn't want criticism, she shouldn't have become the face of an apocalyptic political movement that wants to disrupt billions of lives
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) September 24, 2019
Narrator:. That's why they're using a child, Einstein.
— Dennis Wilson (@denwilson) September 24, 2019
While her parents and handlers exploited her fixated OCD fears to their maximum benefit in an arena that will haunt her the rest of her life. Yeah.
— Whateverdear (@WhateverDearest) September 24, 2019
So this is “journalism”.
— David (@DSmykal) September 24, 2019