Greta Thunberg Mural Gets Vandalized With Slurs Just Two Days After Installation
By Izza Sofia, 22 Oct 2019
Image via Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com
A mural in Alberta depicting Greta Thunberg was promptly defaced with a pro-oil message.
The spray painting showing the Swedish climate activist was created by local artist AJA Louden in Edmonton last Friday. However, two days later, the words, “Stop the lies! This is an oil country,” were written across Thunberg’s face.
Thunberg’s eyes were also smeared with black graffiti, alongside other insulting phrases. A CBC journalist managed to identify and interview the man responsible for the defacing, James Bagnell.
“This is an oil country,” Bagwell said. “We do not need foreigners telling us how to run our business and put food on our table.” Bagwell said that as soon as he saw the mural, he decided to “deal with it” on his own.
He added that his father would have been so “disgusted” to see the graffiti due to how “intolerant” Thunberg was on how people were going about with their lives. Bagnell’s comments come after Thunberg’s visit to Edmonton to spread her message about climate change.
Her rally, however, was met with protests, as many highlighted that her proclamations did not come with practical solutions.
A counter-protester told a Canadian reporter that despite caring for the environment, hurting and putting people out of work due to the end of a modern industrial economy wasn’t a good solution either.
New Greta Thunberg mural in Edmonton, Canada painted Friday for her visit, defaced by Saturday & obliterated by Sunday.— 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝒾𝓈 𝒶 𝓅𝓁𝒶𝒸𝑒 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓁𝑒𝑔𝑒𝓃𝒹𝓈 (@H0tdish) October 21, 2019
Artist: "Nothing lasts forever. One of my favourite things a/b that wall is that anyone is allowed 2 express themselves there, so I'm not upset @ all" pic.twitter.com/Yt1C8skWqD
A mural of climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared in #yeg after she rallied in Edmonton on Friday— CBC Edmonton (@CBCEdmonton) October 21, 2019
A CBC journalist was filming when two people began spray-painting over the teen's face.
Read more: https://t.co/6NL5N37DQb #yeg #oilsands #yyc pic.twitter.com/ifS926TMuy
[via Newsweek, opening image via Liv Oeian / Shutterstock.com]
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