Katherine Ryan Defends Rosie Jones Over Controversial Greta Thunberg Joke
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Katherine Ryan has defended fellow comedian Rosie Jones after she was criticised for making a joke about climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Jones faced a backlash after she made a joke about 16-year-old Thunberg while appearing on The Last Leg.
Jones said: "Greta's amazing and what she's doing is brilliant. But don't do it now. She needs to live a little, she's only 16."
Before adding: "She should be doing two things - drinking Lambrini and getting fingered."
After the joke went out a number of people took to social media to slam Jones, branding the quip 'disgusting', 'vile' and 'sickening'.
Now, Canadian comedian Ryan has spoken out to show her support for Jones over the controversial joke.
Speaking to the Metro, Ryan said: "I think they don't have a position to be outraged.
"She was just relating her own experience. The truth is what a lot of us were doing when we were 16.
"It's just getting off with boys behind the bins - we weren't fighting climate change. That was the joke. People just misunderstood.
"A lot of the time when people get offended, it's not the joke, it's the fact that they're too thick to understand the joke. I absolutely think that's what happened."
Ryan went on to say that she didn't believe Jones wanted to upset Thunberg with the joke, adding: "Do you think Rosie Jones meant any harm at all towards Greta Thunberg? It's just so ridiculous.
"There are grown men all over America, and the world, who wish actual harm against Greta Thunberg and Rosie is not one.
"She's a really talented comedian, we've had Rosie on Roast Battle [the show Ryan co-hosts alongside Jimmy Carr] as well, I think she's an absolute star."
Not everyone joined in the pile on Jones at the time, either, with one person defending her on Twitter by posting: "Snowflakes complaining about The Last Leg and some of the jokes, obviously never seen it before, only watching as channel surfing as it's New Year's Eve. If you don't like, it's post watershed adult humour, f*** off and watch Dame Edna."