What is the meaning of ‘Bunny Hugging’? Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to ‘bunny hugger’ following Boris Johnson’s remarks during a virtual global summit on climate action.
Greta Thunberg’s new Twitter bio says a ‘bunny hugger’ after Boris Johnson told Joe Biden’s climate summit that there’s ‘nothing wrong with bunny-hugging’ during a virtual meeting on Thursday, April 22nd.
The Swedish activist appeared to poke fun at Johnson who used the phrase to address climate activism during the virtual summit.
So, let’s explore the meaning behind ‘bunny hugging’.
Boris Johnson uses the phrase ‘bunny hugging’
During a virtual summit on Thursday (April 22nd), Boris Johnson praised US president Joe Biden’s plans to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% in the country by 2030.
Johnson talked about how climate action can help the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic before he used the phrase ‘bunny hugging’ in his speech.
The UK Prime Minister said: “It’s vital for all of us to show that this is not all about some expensive politically correct green act of ‘bunny-hugging’ or however you want to put it.
“Nothing wrong with bunny-hugging but you know what I’m driving at.”
Meaning of ‘Bunny Hugging’ explored
It’s not entirely clear what the UK Prime Minister meant using this specific phrase in his speech during the virtual summit.
However, a number of social media users have pointed out that Johnson might have wanted to say ‘tree hugging’. The term ‘tree hugger’ refers to someone who cares about the environment and is ready to take climate action in order to protect it.
According to dictionary.com, the term ‘bunny hug’ outside of any context is a “ballroom dance popular in the US in the early 20th century and characterised by a syncopated rhythm”.
Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to this before
This is not the first time that Great has changed her Twitter bio to reflect comments made by politicians.
Back in 2019, Donald Trump accused the Swedish activist of having an “anger management problem, tweeting: “So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!”
Greta then changed her online profile to: “A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”