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Alberta oilfield company condemned for sexually graphic ‘Greta’ image

PortandTerminal.com, February 29, 2020

An Alberta energy company has come under fire after its logo was displayed on a decal allegedly depicting a sex act with a female figure who appears to be 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

CALGARY, ALBERTA – A Canadian oilfield company has been widely condemned for printing a sexually graphic image of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The illustration, published Wednesday, shows a female figure — viewed from behind and apparently naked — with long, braided hair being pulled back by a pair of hands. The name “Greta” is written across her back, an apparent reference to 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. 

(L) Climate activist Greta Thunberg (R) Decal showing a "Greta" in a sexually submissive position along with the logo of a Canadian oil services company.
(L) Climate activist Greta Thunberg (R) Decal showing a “Greta” in a sexually submissive position along with the logo of a Canadian oil services company.

The company accused of printing the decal is X-Site Energy Services. A LinkedIn profile for a company of the same name, headquartered in Red Deer, Alta., advertises water management and high-efficiency frac fluid heating in Alberta and B.C.

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The general manager of the Red Deer-based company X-Site Energy Services claims they have no involvement with the controversial decal that features his company’s logo along with a cartoon of Greta Thunberg in a sexually submissive position.

Photo of a grey haired man in his 40s wearing sunglasses and a blue overcoat, standing in front of an office tower
Doug Sparrow, President, X-Site Energy Services (LinkedIn profile photo since taken down off the site)

Doug Sparrow of X-Site Energy Services told a local news outlet, rdNewsNow, that the decal was not made or endorsed by either himself or any employee of his company. He alleges that an unknown third party has posted it to Facebook.

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Rocky Mountain House resident Michelle Narang, whose sharing of the image on social media spurred a local social media storm disagrees with Sparrow’s denial.

She is not a minor. She’s 17 now.

Doug Sparrow’s alleged reply to concerns about the decal depicting the rape of a minor

But before she posted an image of the decal, Narang says she called Sparrow and was told by him the company knew and approved of the marketing materials.

“I was like, ‘OK, so you’re OK with your company being promoted with the image of the rape of a minor?

“And his response was, ‘She is not a minor. She’s 17 now.’ Then carried on by, ‘That’s not really what we meant.”

Alberta’s premier and two cabinet ministers have joined a chorus of condemnation levelled at the company.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has also said that it finds the decal completely unacceptable.

“This kind of behaviour is not representative of Canada’s oil and natural gas industry, service companies who work in the industry, or the province of Alberta,” Stacey Hatcher, an association vice-president said in a release Friday.

Apparently, the decal is not illegal according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

RCMP in central Alberta say a decal that appears to show a well-known teenage climate activist in a sexual act is not child pornography.

It concluded the decal does not include components needed to consider it child pornography nor does the decal depict “a non-consensual act that would be a direct threat to the person.”

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