Greta Thunberg reacts to ‘fatshaming’ by Chinese state media

Greta Thunberg has proved not even the might of China’s state media can get her down after a damning personal article commented on her weight.

The climate activist tweeted a link to a story detailing the article on China Daily’s website and said: “Being fat-shamed by Chinese state-owned media is a pretty weird experience even by my standards.

“But it’s definitely going on my resume.”

In the article, Thunberg is called an “environmental princess” and her weight is mocked after she called on China to do more to reduce its emissions.

“Although she claims to be vegan, judging from the results of her growth, her carbon emissions are actually not small,” said writer Tan Ge, who originally posted the article on social media before China Daily published it.

It also accused her of having “double standards” in calling out China but not criticising the European and American way of life – the “lifestyle that pollutes the earth the most”.

The article said the 18-year-old had become an “idol of many young people”, with the BBC producing a documentary “to tell the story of the environmental protection saint with a pious voice like it was worship”.

The University of Winchester erecting a bronze statue of Thunberg was also criticised.

And the writer claimed: “The princess has never planted a tree or planted a piece of grass in the desert.

“Instead, she ran around. She held a lot of protest placards, which polluted the environment.”

The piece was written in reaction to Thunberg tweeting an article saying China’s annual emissions exceeded those of all developed nations combined in 2019 for the first time.

She acknowledged that China was a developing nation under World Trade Organisation terms, but said that was “no excuse for ruining future and present living conditions”.

“We can’t solve the climate crisis unless China drastically changes course,” she added.

She then tweeted a chart showing emissions from the world’s most developed countries, which showed the United States steaming ahead.

“Developed nations must lead so others can raise their living standards. As I say all the time,” she added.

The teenager has previously infuriated China by standing up for Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong a number of times.

Chinese social media users accused her in 2020 of “falling for Hong Kong secessionist Joshua Wong’s PR stunt” after “blindly” joining his request for China to release 12 jailed protesters.

Thunberg is also no stranger to mocking powerful people, often getting flack from Donald Trump when he was president.

She fired a final jibe at Mr Trump as he left the White House by tweeting an image of him boarding Marine One with the comment: “He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

In April, she changed her Twitter bio to “bunny hugger” after Boris Johnson used the phrase to try to convince people looking after the environment was not “some expensive, politically correct green act of bunny hugging”.

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