The saga of Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has traveled the world (though only in the approved low carbon manner) to throw tantrums on the subject of climate change has arrived at its logical conclusion, According to The Hollywood Reporter, we need to get ready for Greta: The TV Series.
“U.K. public broadcaster BBC’s BBC Studios on Monday unveiled that its science unit would make a series with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. The title and planned number of episodes weren’t immediately announced. BBC Studios also didn’t unveil a network or streaming home for the show.”
The series will document Thunberg’s journeys across the planet that will document her “international crusade, which takes her to the front line of climate change in some of the most extraordinary places on earth, as she explores what actions could be taken to limit climate change and the damage it causes.” Also, the series will depict “As she travels, Greta meets not only leading scientists but political leaders and business heavyweights, exploring the scientific evidence with them and challenging them to change.”
Naturally Greta the Series will also chart her journey into adulthood as she continues to confront the consequences of climate change. She will also share,” some of the quiet moments as she writes the impactful speeches that are now broadcast and analyzed around the world, as she lives a teenage life like no other.”
It doesn’t take a media analyst to suggest that Greta the Series will be the greatest ecological bit of TV programming since “Captain Planet and the Planeteers.” For those people who were not alive in the 1990s, “Captain Planet” was an animated TV show that aired from 1990 to 1996 that depicted a superbeing called Captain Planet who infused a group of handsome looking young people with superpowers, the better to do battle with supervillain threats to the Earth’s environment.
Greta the Series will be a reality show starring a real live girl with mental health issues. Her only superpower, as she has claimed, is her Asperger’s.
One can be forgiven for wondering if the time has finally come to cash in on the whole climate change thing. The CNN story that Greta has sought to trademark her name plus the term “Fridays for the Future,” describing her movement of young people skipping school every Friday to pester the adults about climate change now makes a weird kind of sense. One can hardly wait for the action figures, the line of vegan food, and the T-shirts made from recycled cloth.
Greta Thunberg first became an international media sensation when, last year, she sailed across the Atlantic in a carbon-neutral, solar-powered yacht to land in New York City. She was greeted by adoring crowds like the lead singer of a girl band. There she made her infamous speech before the UN in which she stomped her foot and cried out “How dare you!” at the adults for destroying the planet through the use of fossil fuels. We were also treated to the scene of President Donald Trump entering a room and ignoring the girl as she glared daggers at him.
Greta soon found herself in California where she was feted by such environmental luminaries from the entertainment industry such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leonardo DiCaprio. Arnold left her Hummer in the garage in favor of a pair of bicycles and as far as anyone knows, Leo did not offer Greta the use of his private jet to get back to Europe for more climate change hijinks.
The media has been split between those who worship Greta as if she was the second coming of Joan of Arc and those who openly wonder whether she is a victim of adults who are exploiting her for their nefarious purposes. In the latter camp, the great Rush Limbaugh took note of the core of the problem that is Greta Thunberg.
“This is — I gotta tread very carefully here. The young girl has some — well, she’s got Asperger’s, and – (interruption) Yeah, but she’s got intense — whatever the — autism. These adults, these people need to be so ashamed of what they have done to the children of this world. Watching this young girl, there’s no question she really believes her planet is dead in 10 years. She really believes. And she believes all the adults have done this.”
Rush also accused Greta’s adult enablers of what is for all intents and purposes child abuse, willing to make sure that she is scared to death that unless something is done, she will not live to see her thirtieth birthday. In that sense, Greta the Series will be the TV version of child abuse for the entertainment of the masses.