ABBA singer Bjorn Ulvaeus has thrown his support behind Greta Thunberg, describing the teenage climate activist as a girl with "superpowers".
In a video message, he described the 16-year-old, who started her school strikes outside the Swedish parliament last August and has become a figurehead of the global climate movement, as a "populist's nightmare".
The singer said he couldn’t understand where the animosity towards her comes from. He said:
How can you stoop so low as to criticise the looks of a child? A young girl.
The reason is of course the lack of counter arguments.
A welcome intervention in favour of @GretaThunberg...she is more than capable of defending herself, but personal… https://t.co/wWClw4UP5R
The comments are undoubtedly a swipe at right-wingers everywhere, including Katie Hopkins, Julia Hartley-Brewer and Piers Morgan, but also world leaders including presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, who have mocked or belittled the teen activist.
Given that Thunberg has declared a climate “SOS”, perhaps it’s unsurprising that the ABBA hitmaker is behind his country’s newest star.