Viewers Shocked By Rosie Jones' 'Disgusting' Greta Thunberg Joke On The Last Leg
Many viewers watching the New Year's Eve episode of The Last Leg weren't best pleased when comedian Rosie Jones dropped a controversial joke about climate change activist Greta Thunberg, with some saying the 'disgusting' quip was simply 'not funny'.
Jones was joined by other guests including Johnny Vegas, Sue Perkins and Tom Davis for the two-hour special, along with hosts Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker.
Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long for the conversation to move onto Greta Thunberg, who had a big year at the forefront of environmental activism.
Jones began: "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."
She then quipped: "She should be doing two things - drinking Lambrini and getting fingered."
Some viewers took to Twitter to say the joke didn't fly with them, with one writing: "Massive f***ing yikes on the Last Leg of the Year for some 'comedian' suggesting Greta Thunberg should be getting fingered and drinking Lambrini. @Channel4, are you serious?"
Another said: "Oh dear, did Rosie Jones say that. Not funny."
A third commented: "No need at all. Disgusting joke from Rosie Jones."
Mind you, not everyone hated the comedian's punchline, with many arguing that the rude, brash style of comedy was simply what the show is known for.
One said: "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."
In another part of the show, Widdicombe also described Greta as 'the first person to perfect the art of bunking school', making a reference to Thunberg skipping school for a climate strike.
Thunberg missed out on winning the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year, which went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his work to bring peace to that region of Africa, but she was listed as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, which is widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.
She was also named TIME's Person of the Year thanks to her work.
.@GretaThunberg is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year #TIMEPOY https://t.co/YZ7U6Up76v pic.twitter.com/SWALBfeGl6
- TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2019
In an article that explained why Thunberg has been named as the Person of the Year, Edward Felsenthal, TIME's editor-in-chief wrote: "When she first heard about global warming as an eight-year-old, Thunberg says she thought, 'That can't be happening, because if that were happening, then the politicians would be taking care of it.'
"That they weren't is precisely what motivated her to act, as it has youth the world over who are forcing us to confront the peril of our own inaction, from the student-led protests on the streets of Santiago, Chile, to the young democracy activists fighting for rights and representation in Hong Kong to the high schoolers from Parkland, Florida, whose march against gun violence Thunberg cites as an inspiration for her climate strikes."
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