By Alison Chung, news reporter
Greta Thunberg has changed her Twitter handle to “Sharon” in a humorous response to a video clip of a TV quiz show blunder.
British actress Amanda Henderson was appearing on Celebrity Mastermind when host John Humphrys asked her: “No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference is a collection of speeches made by a Swedish climate change activist.
“What’s her name?”
Henderson, who stars in the TV medical drama Casualty, looked baffled and shook her head before making a guess.
“Sharon?” she said.
The moment went viral and has been viewed on social media more than five million times since the show aired on BBC 2 on Thursday.
One viewer joked: “Our climate change global superstar will always be Sharon Thunberg to me from now on.”
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Comedian Mark Smith tweeted: “2020 is cancelled.”
DJ Nick Grimshaw wrote: “#sharon is the answer to anything and everything in 2020.”
In response, Greta, who has just turned 17, changed her Twitter handle to Sharon, leading to “Happy Birthday Sharon” to start trending.
It’s not the first time Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019 has changed her Twitter details to reflect remarks made about her.
In December after US President Donald Trump tweeted that she must “work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend”, Greta changed her Twitter bio to “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend”.
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Greta marked her birthday in inimitable style on Friday, with a seven-hour hour protest outside the Swedish parliament in her native Stockholm to continue the weekly Friday School Strike for the climate campaign that has catapulted her to fame.
“I stand here striking from 8am until 3pm as usual… then I’ll go home,” Greta told Reuters news agency.
“I won’t have a birthday cake but we’ll have a dinner,” she added.
Source : Sky News