S’porean Influencer Xiaxue Calls Greta Thunberg’s Climate Activism “Cringe AF”
Asia Pacific’s No. 1 Blogger has 606k followers on Instagram and a very outspoken mind.
Wendy Cheng, a.k.a. Xiaxue is facing backlash from her followers and fellow netizens for her recent Instagram story on Greta Thunberg’s activism.
The 16-year-old face of fighting climate change gave a moving speech at the United Nations summit in New York.
She mentioned that our environment is deteriorating at an alarming rate, and called out the world’s leaders (a.k.a. the adults) for not doing enough.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” – Greta Thunberg
Many were inspired by Greta Thunberg’s speech, but Xiaxue was not one of them.
Instead, the Singaporean blogger took to Instagram to express how cringey Greta’s speech made her feel.
The pink-haired influencer also asked:
“Is climate change gonna stop coz of her crying? Let me know if it happens OK.”
FYI, Greta has done so much more than just give a speech at the UN. She started her climate change activism one year ago and even went to the UN summit on a zero-emissions sailing yacht so travelling for her cause won’t affect the environment.
For Xiaxue, as an influencer, it’s usually not a good idea to voice out your controversial opinions, but the blogger has never strayed from being outspoken.
This isn’t the first time Xiaxue has faced backlash for her controversial views. In fact, she used to receive hate messages when she publicly voiced out her support for Donald Trump, the current president of the USA (who is also fellow Greta-hater).
Twitter users have called her out for her ignorance and many are leaving angry comments on her recent Instagram posts.
We get it, you're old. pic.twitter.com/prHkAMQXD2
— Bryan ☭ (@bryandamien_) September 24, 2019
Xiaxue is a fucking joke. She's so desperate to stay 'relevant' and 'controversial' that she's willing to stir any pot. Really?? Attacking a 16-year-old? How low can she be jesus christ
— ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@kentangjoyi) September 25, 2019
In another Instagram story, Xiaxue explained that she thrives off any form of attention, whether it’s bad or good, and her followers should know it by now. She also went on to mention what climate alarmists told her some years ago:
“15 years ago, when I was a teen, politicians and climate alarmists told us that in 5 years, the Arctic Sea will be ice-free, drowning humanity in rising sea levels. Didn’t happen.”
The influencer is 35 now, and it’s been 20 years since the alarming news about climate change was delivered to her. Thankfully, it hasn’t happened that quickly, but we know a climate crisis is looming if we don’t do something soon.
The blogger also called out fellow netizens for not advocating for climate change in their lifestyle.
“You ain’t any better than me.” – Xiaxue
She also responded with this Instagram post detailing why she disagrees with Greta.
“I think she’s spreading panic and fear based on misinformation.”
Well, it’s never wrong to be informed about climate change. In fact, the more informed we are, the better. Perhaps netizens should leave Xiaxue’s son out of the narrative though, as she mentioned she’s received some threatening messages about him.
Xiaxue also explained that she’s not a climate change denier – perhaps it’s just her own way of telling us to “calm down.”