Controversial football personality Sam Newman has taken to Twitter to voice his thoughts about climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
He’s labelled her an “annoying little brat”.
“This annoying little brat addressed the UN on the so-called climate crisis. Who lets this s*** have a platform? Mendacious, inbred sycophants, that who,” Newman tweeted.
His tweet comes after the sixteen-year-old gave a passionate speech that was directed at politicians and officials for their lack of action around climate change.
“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” she said.
“Yet you all come to us for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
“We are in a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
Twitter users were divided on Newman’s words, with one saying he was a “sad excuse of a man”.
“You’re a sad excuse of a man, picking on a 16-year-old girl with aspergers, all because she and millions of her peers care about the future of our planet,” one wrote.
“Climate change won’t bother you, you’ll be long gone!” another wrote.
One added: “You can’t object to someone’s thinking without being vitriolic, can you? Particularly if they are female.”
Some of his Twitter followers agreed with him.
“What happened to ‘children should be seen and not heard’? Please bring that back,” replied one.
Another agreed, saying “well done Sam.. her ridiculous speech and ugliness has haunted me all day. What a disgraceful human to sail to USA to save her carbon print flying on a plane with others and lecture them about this hoax!”