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02/29/2020 13:53 EST | Updated 02/29/2020 15:41 EST

Greta Thunberg Responds To Graphic Sticker Linked To Alberta Oil Company

The climate activist found a positive outlook, somehow.

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Greta Thunberg takes part in a "Youth Strike 4 Climate" protest in Bristol, England on Feb. 28, 2020. 

Greta Thunberg has seen the disgusting sticker linked to an Alberta oilfield company that appears to depict the climate activist being sexually assaulted.

While many Canadians were outraged on her behalf, the 17-year-old climate activist has managed to find a positive way to look at it.

“They are starting to get more and more desperate…” she tweeted on Saturday. “This shows that we’re winning.”

The stickers, reading “X-Site Energy Services,” were handed out as promotional material to be worn at jobs sites, a worker told HuffPost Canada. The decal depicts a naked woman and two hands pulling her braids, with the word “Greta” written across her back. 

Michelle Narang, a resident of Rocky Mountain House in west-central Alberta, first brought attention to the decal on Facebook. 

She ended up calling Doug Sparrow, a general manager at X-Site, to ask him if he was aware of what the sticker, which appeared to depict the rape of a minor. 

“She’s not a child, she’s 17,” he responded, Narang says.

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Greta Thunberg speaks during a climate strike at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Oct. 18, 2019.

While the sticker is incredibly offensive, the RCMP said on Friday that it doesn’t constitute as child pornography. Child pornography is defined as the visual representation of a person under the age of 18 either engaged or depicted to engage in sexual activity.

Police said even with the word “Greta” written on it, it can’t be stated with certainty that the sticker is supposed to depict Thunberg. 

“We also don’t feel it’s appropriate, of course, but it isn’t a criminal matter,” RCMP Supt. Gerald Grobmeier told HuffPost on Friday. 

The sticker was also condemned unanimously by the House of Commons on Friday. The motion from NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice said the sticker promoted “violent sexual assault on a young environmental activist.”

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Alberta’s Minister of Culture Leela Aheer also denounced the image on Twitter, calling it, “completely deplorable, unacceptable and degrading.”

Thunberg took the world by storm in 2019. She pushed thousands of people to take to the streets around the world and join her strike for climate change action. She toured Alberta’s oilsands last October, where she rallied with Mikisew Cree First Nation. She was named TIME Magazine’s youngest ever person of the year in 2019. 

With files from Samantha Beattie, Emilie Clavel.

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