The sticker apparently featured a silhouette labeled "Greta." and shows the silhouette of a naked woman or girl from behind, with her two long braids being pulled back by hands behind her.
Trigger warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of gender violence against a minor.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has been raising awareness of the damage our inaction is doing to the world. While several people are supporting and applauding her, there are way too many people who hate the 17-year-old. This time, people have stooped so low that it's actually appalling. Recently, employees at Canadian oil company X-Site Energy Services allegedly circulated cartoon sticker decals depicting the activist being raped, Global News reports. The sticker apparently featured a silhouette labeled "Greta." and shows the silhouette of a naked woman or girl from behind, with her two long braids being pulled back by hands behind her.
The 17-year-old is often seen wearing her hair in two braids. Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Councillor Michelle Narang claimed that she almost cried when she saw an image of the graphic sticker. "I sat on it throughout the day and thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to be quiet about this because it’s not okay,'" Narang said. "It's absolutely not okay." Therefore, she shared her thoughts about the sticker in a post uploaded to Facebook. Narang stated, "This company represents everything that the oil and gas industry needs to fight against. I am absolutely sickened that X-Site Energy Services would think that the hard-working men and women in the energy industry would condone this representation of a child clearly being raped."
Narang then made the decision to confront X-Site Energy Services about the stickers. She contacted Doug Sparrow, the company's general manager, to ask if they really had created and then circulated the stickers. She revealed, "His response when I asked him if he was aware that there are stickers circulating with his logo depicting the rape of Greta Thunberg. He said yes, that he is aware. And I said, ‘So you are fine with an image that your company condones the rape of children?’ And he said, ‘She is not a child, she is 17.'"
When Global News contacted Sparrow to ask if his company had printed the image, he merely responded by stating the image had never been shared online. However, he did not deny that the stickers were printed and shared in the first place. He claimed he had been fielding several phone calls about the incident "personally and business-wise to mitigate the damage that has been done." When asked if he was defending the image as Narang said he had during their phone call, Sparrow said, “I’m defending the fact that I never posted it. I never posted it. I’m not a pedophile. I’m not what they say. Alright? I’m not that guy. We did not post that picture.”
“We do not rape women and girls to teach them a lesson. This is not our oilpatch,” Narang said to Global News. “We can’t have this representation of the oil patch and the oil companies and of our industry be accepted as normal. People need to start speaking out about it. The cops are not investigating the incident at present because they believe that a crime hasn't been committed. In a news release Friday, Red Deer RCMP said it had completed its investigation into a vehicle decal that “purportedly depicts a well-known climate change activist engaging in a sexual act.” Officers determined “the decal does not meet the elements of child pornography… nor does the decal depict a non-consensual act that would be a direct threat to the person.
Alberta’s Culture, Multiculturalism, and Status of Women Minister Leela Aheer tweeted on Thursday morning, "This is not what our province stands for. Whoever is responsible should be ashamed and apologize immediately. I stand with Albertans against this horrendous image." Aheer called the decals "completely deplorable, unacceptable and degrading." Thunberg, too, responded to the decals. She affirmed in a tweet, "They are starting to get more and more desperate... This shows that we’re winning"—proving that the young climate activist is a more resilient person than most.