Singer/songwriter Meat Loaf, known for rock anthems like "I'd Do Anything For Love," learned that he was no match for young environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Meat Loaf, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, worked with a pre-presidential Donald Trump on The Apprentice in 2010 and believes climate change is a hoax.
During an interview with The Daily Mail in which he discussed losing weight and being a "sex god," the topic shifted to climate change. The singer criticized Thunberg and accused the teen of being "brainwashed."
"I feel for that Greta. She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn't."
"She hasn't done anything wrong but she's been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true."
OFF HIS LOAF: Meat Loaf says Greta Thunberg has been brainwashed into thinking climate change is real. As the eccen… https://t.co/E8KynqP3La— Paul Ashworth (@Paul Ashworth)1578252232.0
Twitter did not take kindly to his misguided comments about Thunberg.
@Independent I just assume that a 72 year old man who still calls himself Meat Loaf has studied meteorology to the… https://t.co/dVDdZCJpko— Phillipe de Gravaux (@Phillipe de Gravaux)1578148459.0
@Chinchillazllla @Independent He would do anything for love, but he won't accept the peer-reviewed, 30+ year consen… https://t.co/f2QrKXQaYd— Benjamin English (@Benjamin English)1578171086.0
Meat Loaf said Greta Thunberg "has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn’t." I… https://t.co/eegVwVakkw— Nico Psycho Magnet XW (@Nico Psycho Magnet XW)1578165817.0
Instead of scorching Meat Loaf for his patronizing mention of her, Thunberg—who turned 17 on Friday—identified the real issue in a tweet and said that climate change is "all about scientific facts."
"It's not about Meatloaf [sic]. It's not about me. It's not about what some people call me. It's not about left or right."
"It's all about scientific facts. And that we're not aware of the situation."
"Unless we start to focus everything on this, our targets will soon be out of reach."
She attached an info-graphic from the United Nations Environment Program emissions gap report, which illustrates the expected emissions gap in 2030 to reach the Paris Agreement's 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets.
It’s not about Meatloaf. It’s not about me. It’s not about what some people call me. It’s not about left or right.… https://t.co/ft8shTuX2J— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1578310961.0
UNEP: 1.5C climate target ‘slipping out of reach’ | @hausfath @robbie_andrew https://t.co/dGUfgnegzf https://t.co/nb2bs6xd4O— Carbon Brief (@Carbon Brief)1578101640.0
The report determined that in order to reach the 1.5°C Paris Accord goal, we must have a global commitment to drop emissions by 7.6% every year starting in 2020.
After ten years of collecting data, however, we are nowhere near closing the emissions gap.
We are reaching a tipping point.
@GretaThunberg @AchieverAward Its about people acting and majority in rich countries not making any sacrifices as… https://t.co/wECKiXBFsu— GO GREEN (@GO GREEN)1578314371.0
Many people concerned for our planet came to Thunberg's side.
@GretaThunberg I kind of understand why @GretaThunberg keeps being the target of so much online bullying... she's speaking the truth— Eduardo Garcia (@Eduardo Garcia)1578311119.0
@GretaThunberg Indeed there is no Planet "B" this is the only one we have and we better not screw this up. Thank yo… https://t.co/goJSbrzHVk— CynicL1☮️❤️😊 (@CynicL1☮️❤️😊)1578344975.0
@GretaThunberg Well Said Greta.....👋 We Need World Leaders And Politicians To "Wake Up" And ACT On The Global Clim… https://t.co/GfEDywnE7K— Robert Redmayne Hosking (@Robert Redmayne Hosking)1578325981.0
@GretaThunberg @motocoaster "It's not about Meatloaf" may go down as the most unexpected truth of the climate emergency wake-up era.— (((Andrew Winston))) (@(((Andrew Winston))))1578351983.0
People are answering the call for change.
@GretaThunberg You are right Greta. It`s ALL or NOTHING ! We have only ONE planet and only ONE future ! Time to st… https://t.co/iIaYkPO8mr— Marko Silberhand (@Marko Silberhand)1578314865.0
@GretaThunberg We agree! We must take #ClimateAction now to defend our future! #FridaysForFuture https://t.co/slDlWqy5kB— Defend Our Future | #ClimateCrisis 🌎✊🏿✊🏽✊ (@Defend Our Future | #ClimateCrisis 🌎✊🏿✊🏽✊)1578314960.0
@GretaThunberg Keep going Greta we are with you all the way !!— Stephen Jones (@Stephen Jones)1578311042.0
While others roasted Meat Loaf for being uninformed.
@_InThisTogether @GretaThunberg https://t.co/ScsDw5o6W3— StopCrimesoftheEnvironment 🍑 (@StopCrimesoftheEnvironment 🍑)1578334964.0
@pauldashworth A man who calls himself Meat Loaf should not be taken seriously, id be more interested in what the Gingerbread Man thinks.— Paul (@Paul)1578255010.0
@Independent Meat who? If you're not going to be part of the solution, Loaf, don't contribute to the problem. The… https://t.co/C3gFBsa8Wq— Shirley Clark (@Shirley Clark)1578144317.0
@Independent Meatloaf was brainwashed into thinking he had to sing that song about how much he loves rock and roll… https://t.co/MtjfQ5SoQW— Brendel (@Brendel)1578149064.0
Meat Loaf has not publicly acknowledged Thunberg's response, but he did embarrassingly demonstrate he is "All Revved Up with No Place to Go."