Canadian Reddit users noticed a striking likeness between teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg and an image of a person with fetal alcohol syndrome.
A post in the r/metacanada subreddit declared on Monday that a “Fetal Alcohol Chart Looks Exactly Like Greta Thunberg.”
Other users chimed in with their thoughts on the purported similarities.
Many of the remarks were, to put it mildly, unkind.
“Climate fearmongering utterly ruined this child. Makes you wonder how many more like her there are out there,” said one commenter.
Several Redditors took aim at 17-year-old Thunberg’s parents.
“She is both autistic and the result of her parents’ drinking during pregnancy,” said one commenter.
“She could be the poster child for how alcohol abuse can harm your children,” another opined.
“Rename it Gretal Alcoberg Syndrome in her honour,” said one user.
Memes comparing Thunberg to the image in the chart have been circulating for some time now.
In October, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome issued a statement condemning the “numerous online attacks” against the Swedish teen.
NOFAS criticized the memes as “blatantly insulting, outrageously ignorant, and deeply offensive.”
“We are heartened that these offensive memes have often been immediately met with negative criticism on blogs, news sites, and even on the same social media sites that have been used to spread the memes,” the organization added.
“Unfortunately, some people in society use ‘fetal alcohol syndrome’ as a derogatory insult. This does great harm and perpetuates the stigma surrounding FASD, when children and adults affected by FASD deserve our understanding and support.”
Greta Thunberg, climate change warrior
Thunberg has been a source of inspiration for activists the world over and has ignited public protest over climate change among younger generations.
In August 2018, Thunberg started skipping school every Friday to highlight the issue, standing with a handwritten sign outside Sweden’s parliament.
She shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes calling for an urgent political response to climate change and for giving speeches that highlight the scientific evidence supporting the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster.
Thunberg also famously scowled at President Donald Trump, a climate change skeptic, during a U.N. summit.
Thunberg has more than 4 million followers on Twitter and nearly 10 million on Instagram.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)