Canadian Oil Company Apologizes and 'Accepts Full Responsibility' Over Sexually Explicit Greta Thunberg Sticker

A Canadian oil company has promised that it has made "organizational changes" after a sexually explicit sticker about Greta Thunberg featuring their logo was allegedly handed round by their employees.

Alberta oilfield company X-Site Energy Services had originally denied any involvement in the sticker mocking the Swedish teenage climate change activist after its existence made international news.

The company now says management has accepted responsibility for the decal being distributed.

The offending sticker features a naked female shown from behind having her braided pigtails pulled. The name "Greta" is written across the woman's lower back—an apparent reference to the 17-year-old—with X-Site's logo appearing at the bottom.

The sticker was allegedly passed round by X-Site workers to wear on their hard hats before its image was shared on social media, causing widespread condemnation of the company from locals and Canadian politicians.

"We recognize that it is not enough to apologize for the image associated with our company logo on the decals that circulated last week," X-Site said in a statement.

"This does not reflect the values of this company or our employees, and we deeply regret the pain we may have caused."

The company added that it is in the process of attempting to recover and destroy all of the existing decals that have been distributed.

"Management accepts full responsibility and effective immediately has made organizational changes to reflect this."

X-Site said that other offending stickers are now also being made with its company logo, which it once again denies having any involvement with.

"We have let our employees, our families and our customers down with this careless action, but just as we are committed to help reduce our industry's environmental footprint, we are committed to learn from and correct our mistake. We will do better," the statement added.

Thunberg herself described how the existence of the sticker is proof that her critics are getting "desperate" in their bids to attack her.

"They are starting to get more and more desperate...This shows that we're winning," she tweeted.

Meanwhile, an Argentine tattoo artist who created the original design of the woman, which was altered to include the name "Greta" on the sticker, said he is planning on suing the oil company.

"Not only for having taken [my work] without my consent, but to give it such a deplorable use," German Gabriel Canalla, who is based in Buenos Aires, told Newsweek.

Canalla also hit out at the "misogyny, barbarism and violence" that is frequently aimed at the teenager, while hoping they could work together on a project.

"I need to express my support to Greta Thunberg and if I can collaborate with something and make out the best of this outrageous collaborate on something with her commendable struggle, it would be a great honor for me," he added.

Alberta's minister for the status of women, Leela Aheer, previously described the sticker as "deplorable, unacceptable and degrading."

"This is not what our province stands for," Aheer tweeted. "Whoever is responsible should be ashamed and apologize immediately. I stand with Albertans against this horrendous image."

It is unclear what organizational changes X-Site has made. Doug Sparrow, General Manager of X-Site, has been contacted for further comment.

Greta Thunberg
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gives a press conference during a meeting with climate activists and experts from Africa focusing on key environmental threats to the continent, on January 31, 2020 in Stockholm. PONTUS LUNDAHL/TT News Agency/AFP/Getty

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