A Brazilian radio host has been fired after he recently said 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg “needs sex” and is “unloved.”
Gustavo Negreiros made the remarks during a local radio broadcast, Diario de Pernambuco, the longest running daily newspaper in Latin America, reported on Friday.
“She is unloved. If she also doesn’t like men, let her get a woman if she’s a lesbian. She needs sex. She’s an unloved hysteric, ” Negreiros said, according to Brazilian outlet Veja.
Following Negreiros’ remarks, several sponsors announced they were pulling their ads from Natal’s 96FM radio station.
Negreiros, who formerly hosted “96 Minutes” on 96FM, was fired on Wednesday. Before being dismissed, he issued an on-air apology for his remarks.
According to Diario de Pernambuco, Negreiros also shared last week an image stating Thunberg was sponsored by George Soros, a billionaire funder of liberal causes and right-wing bugbear.
A fact-check conducted by the Agence France-Presse revealed a widely disseminated image purporting to show Soros posing alongside Thunberg was a doctored fake. The original image shows the Swedish teen standing next to former vice president Al Gore.
Hoje, o @gustavonegreiro "pediu desculpas" pelo o que disse. Segundo ele, ele é "homem" para assumir que errou e que "não tinha elementos" para falar o que disse. Fico me perguntando o que daria "elementos" para um sujeito dizer que uma menina de 16 anos tem "falta de homem". pic.twitter.com/lG3Y8cKp40
— William De Lucca (@delucca) September 25, 2019
Several Brazilians criticized Negreiros on social media.
William De Lucca, a Brazilian LGBT activist, called him a “scumbag.”
#DesculpaGreta Greta, our country is full of men who doesn’t accept the truth. You arentotally right and MUST be listened. Sorry for our dumb blind crazy fanatics.
— Calorina Lucas (@_carol_lucas_) September 26, 2019
Brazilian social media users apologized to Thunberg on Twitter and #DesculpaGreta (#SorryGreta) trended in Brazil.
Greta Thunberg goes viral
A video showing Thunberg delivering an emotional speech about climate change went viral on Monday, dominating headlines, social media chatter – and sparking fierce debate among critics and advocates of climate change activism.
“This is all wrong,” said Thunberg during a U.N. summit. “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!”
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” Thunberg added. “And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
After her speech, Thunberg happened to be in the lobby of U.N. headquarters when President Donald Trump arrived. Her scowl was captured by news cameras from around the world as they clamored around the president.
The reaction to Thunberg reflected the often partisan nature of the broader climate change debate.
Conservatives criticized what they perceived as her exploitation by adult activists. Liberals focused on the purported cruelty of those who would attack a child.