“Obviously, we’re meant to take this cartoon clown seriously as he stands there, dribbling words from his mouth.”
Calling on the world to take action against climate change, Boris Johnson didn’t hold back – and his words certainly caused a stir on Twitter.
The prime minister spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday and urged the world to “grow up” and stop “trashing” the environment.
He then deciphered the famous saying, “It’s not easy being green” from the Muppets’ character, Kermit the Frog.
However, his past skepticism about climate change has not been forgotten by his Twitter critics.
Tom Peck of The Independent reported that Johnson himself did not support the idea of climate change until ten years after Al Gore’s 2016 film, An Inconvenient Truth, which looks at how humanity has harmed Earth.
Peck added: “And now, apparently, we’re about to take this cartoon clown seriously.”
The satirical website The Poke also did not hesitate to take aim at Johnson, noting that just hours after leaving the US he told the world to “grow up” and called France to “get hold of” of its anger over the new AUKUS. asked for. a settlement
Even Brexiteer and former MEP Patrick O’Flynn tweeted: “Maybe someone on the team could see the draft [of the speech] And told the PM: ‘Some people may react to this passage by saying ‘Speak for yourself friend’.
It was then retweeted by former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spin doctor Alastair Campbell.
Johnson has written several columns for The Telegraph over the past two decades that undermine the idea of climate change.
In 2012 he described fracking as a “miracle”, in 2013, he supported climate change denialist Pierce Corbyn and questioned the phrase “climate warming”, and in 2015, he dismissed the idea. That was down to a change in the warm weather in December. Climate.
This checkered past didn’t escape other Twitter accounts last night because they made fun of his speech.
Some accounts noted that the other day, he appointed former climate change denier Ann-Marie Trevelyan as his new international trade secretary.
However, not everyone thought that the Prime Minister’s words should be ridiculed.
Times Radio’s Matt Chorley tweeted that criticizing Johnson’s accurate remarks based on previous climate rebuttals was a “bad move”.
Former Green Party leader Carolyn Lucas also took note of his speech – and demanded that his words now be reflected in the Prime Minister’s actions.
He tweeted: “Great to hear the PM’s renewed enthusiasm for climate action.
“As the government thwarts its own climate goals, I look forward to the Cumbrian coal mine, the Cambo oil field, a £27bn road construction plan, reversing aid cuts and the cancellation of the #GreenNewDeal.”
He added the hashtag #WalkYourTalk.
Former London MEP Lance Forman was deeply disturbed by the idea that Johnson had mentioned a character from the Muppets in a solemn speech on the world stage – an opinion that was also shared by many others.