Spitting Image was a British satire show, using puppets, that garnered 15 million viewers in Britain alone at it’s height. It was exported all over the world. It was famous for it’s vicious mocking of any and all targets without fear or favor. Left-wing, right-wing, sportsperson, celebrity, it didn’t matter. If you were in the public eye, you were fair game.

It’s back. ITV have created a new series to be shown on streaming service BritBox. However one thing the original show didn’t have to deal with was the shrieking hordes of Twitter and the woke pitchfork and flaming torch mobs. Surprise, surprise – they are coming for Spitting Image. The source of their offense?

Greta Thunberg. Once the publicity for the show released images of the Thunberg puppet the permanently offended mob was mobilised and social media lit up, with many users calling the shows decision to create a puppet of Thunberg as “disgusting”. Here is a selection:

“The fact Spitting Image have decided it’s acceptable to mock a 17-year old with autism is disgusting in itself.”

“Spitting Image has a Greta Thunberg puppet. How did they think this was a good idea?”

“Greta Thunberg is 17 years old and has autism. You think attacking an autistic kid is satire? You’ve lost the plot Spitting Image…”

Responding to the backlash, Reemah Sakaan, group director of streaming at ITV, told the Broadcasting Press Guild:

“It’s a very straightforward joke and is nothing to do with her as an individual.”

The show will also feature puppets of Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, Adele, Meghan Markle, Elon Musk, Beyonce and James Corden among others, over a 10-week series. Spitting Image creator Roger Law insisted that the new series would mock across the political spectrum, insisting that attacking just one side or viewpoint was:

“…no fun.”

If it’s anything like the show was back in the day, the Wokerati are going to go into apoplexy.