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General News / March 5, 2021

Artist responds after her Greta Thunberg work is vandalized with QAnon rhetoric

Greta Thunberg
General News / March 5, 2021

Artist responds after her Greta Thunberg work is vandalized with QAnon rhetoric

By Emily Mullen

Emma Blake’s work on Chancery Street in Dublin City Centre was defaced just hours after it was revealed.

A piece that was supposed to highlight the severity of climate change has now become a touchstone for a much murkier part of Irish society. Emma Blake’s mural of activist Greta Thunberg delivering part of a speech at a UN climate action summit was vandalized just hours after it was revealed. Images surfaced online show sinister gold paint obscuring the face of 18-year-old Thunberg alongside the words: “Slut X George Soros Slut”.

Sharing an image of the now restored piece which she “fixed the next night”, Blake took to Twitter to reiterate why she painted the piece in the first place. Sharing a series of quotes from Thunberg about the climate crisis, Blake appeared to be attempting to get the narrative back on track by reiterating her piece’s origin story and focusing on what’s actually important here, i.e. not QAnon theories.

“You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.”

“We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”

Are just some of the quotes pulled from Thunberg that Blake tweeted on March 4th.

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