Climate activist Greta Thunberg has caused a stir after posing for a vaccination campaign ad with a criminal Somali-born gangster rapper. On social media, many found the idea of a climate icon siding with a convicted felon rather unbecoming, yet highly indicative of our era.
In the photograph published as part of the “Roll up your sleeve” campaign, which urges Swedes to vaccinate themselves against COVID-19, Thunberg is seen in the embrace of rapper 1.Cuz, who is two heads taller.
1.Cuz is considered a burgeoning star of the Swedish rap scene and is known for always wearing a mask as an image gimmick and never revealing his real name. In an interview, he admitted having served two years in prison for a felony, but declined to reveal his conviction, describing it as “a serious crime with a severe punishment”.
On social media, the photo sparked strong reactions, with some arguing 1.Cuz and Greta Thunberg make a “sick combo”, while others suggested that the photograph was “as unpleasant as it was inappropriate”.