Attacking the messenger instead of the political message is dangerous to democracy. If you feel the need to criticize a teenager’s looks, you have already lost the debate.
The number of grown adults who are mocking Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is embarrassingly high. Instead of listening to what she has to say, critics state that she is mentally ill or an actor, and that she is being manipulated by her parents and the international Left to further their agenda.
She is also being ridiculed for not being an expert in the field and being too young to have an opinion. When Thunberg held a speech in front of the UN about how our planet is literally dying, she was being told to smile more and stop being so hysterical.
The fact that Thunberg’s appearance is the center of attention in this debate shows that the opposition has run out of good arguments. Even if you disagree with that statement, you must admit that the accusations are quite strange. If it were true that Thunberg is a paid actor, it would not really matter because the important part is that people listen to her.
Also, Thunberg may not be an expert on climate change, but none of the real experts have managed to get people to care in the way that she has. She is simply advocating for people to listen to and act on the science, and it's irrelevant who the messenger is.