Spitting Image sparks autism row with 'bigoted and unkind' Greta Thunberg weather report

SPITTING Image has sparked an autism row following a 'bigoted and unkind' Greta Thunberg weather report sketch.

The satirical puppet show returned for a new series on BritBox earlier this month, featuring a whole host of new celebrities, royals and politicians.

Swedish environmental activist Greta, 17, is one of the people to get their own puppet, but a sketch featuring her carrying out a weather report has caused outrage among some viewers, who felt the creators were being 'unkind' about her autism.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: "I know the shtick. I grew up on the original. But the Greta stuff. I get that they’re not “poking fun” at her explicitly, but I look at it and just wonder ‘why?’

"What’s in it for them? Why? Just baffling, really. Of all the targets that are out there. Why? #SpittingImage."

Another tweeted: "Mocking anybody for being on the spectrum is particularly unkind. And why mock her at all? She’s achieved more at her young age than most of us achieve in a lifetime."

A third took aim at Matt Forde, one of the writers and voice actors on the show, writing: "@mattforde is an fascist ableist bigot. Not only Greta Thunberg who is autistic. But Billie Ellish who has Tourettes.

"Its one thing having dark humour But he is literally taking the p*** out of disabilities #ActuallyAutistic."

The outrage comes days after it was revealed the show has already been commissioned for a second series.

Announcing the news, Britbox Chief Creative & Brand Officer Reemah Sakaan said: "The fantastic response to Spitting Image just goes to show how much the world needs public service satire.

"Not only can subscribers look forward to another nine weeks of anarchy but also now another series in 2021."

The satirical programme first aired in 1984 yet fans can now get a slice of the action on the online streaming platform.

The iconic political, celebrity and royal mannequins have returned with new faces thrown into the mix such as Donald Trump, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Piers Morgan.

Spitting Image is available now on BritBox.

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