Julia-Hartley Brewer has been accused of using the word “autism” as an insult to Greta Thunberg.
The 54-year-old TalkTV host controversially endorsed Andrew Tate during a Twitter dispute with climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Tate, a social media influencer known for his controversial views, sent the environmental campaigner a public tweet on Tuesday (December 27).
In a tweet, he asked Thunberg to provide comments on the carbon footprint of his car.
“I have 33 cars,” he begins, citing vehicle specifications from Bugatti and Ferrari.
“This is just the beginning,” continued the 36-year-old Tate. “Give me your email address so I can send you a complete list of my car collection and their huge emissions.”
The climate advocate publicly hit back Wednesday (December 29) after Tate tried to lure Thunberg into a conversation about the environmental impact of his many cars.
In reply, Thunberg responded with a brutal response, delighting his followers.
She tweeted, “Yes please let me know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tate later replied, “How’s that?!”
Many of Thunberg’s followers expressed their support for the campaigner on Twitter, but Julia Hartley Brewer tweeted in support of Tate and has since been accused of disability discrimination.
A now-deleted tweet published by Hartley-Brewer reads: The only car I own is a diesel Tiguan. ”
commentators including Guardian Columnist Owen Jones accused Hartley Brewer of using the word autism as an “insult” to Thunberg.
Jones tweeted: “Julia Hartley Brewer deleted a tweet that spat out ‘autism’ as an insult, but the internet will never forget it.”
“Like Tate, it must have really pissed off Hartley Brewer that this 19-year-old autistic woman had achieved so much.”
another person wrotein reply to Hartley-Brewer: “Hi Julia. I’m sorry you’ve deleted this, but I’m going to save it so that even a prominent media figure uses his gift as a slander.” Showing my 8-year-old autistic son that he can achieve whatever he wants in life regardless… whenever it fits their agenda.”
Hartley-Brewer responded to the controversial tweet on Thursday (December 29) by republishing his original statement removing the word “autism.”
she explained: “Removed a previous tweet that mentioned Greta’s autism because I only mentioned it because she said it in her Twitter bio, but people are upset about the fact. because I decided to
She added: yawn. “
One commentator reacted to Hartley-Brewer’s explanation: “I seem to be confused here. If you want to use autism in a positive/factual sense, you can say ‘she’s autistic’ or ‘autism is in some ways more than others.’ will help her too.” If you throw “autism” out in the middle of so many other insults, it’s an insult. Hope it helps.
Independent reached out to Julie Hartley-Brewer via TalkTV for comment.