Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus managed to prank Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau with a phone call where they claimed to be climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who call themselves Vovan and Lexus, are notorious for similar phone pranks.
They released the recording this week on YouTube with an animation. In the recording, they have a conversation with Trudeau in which he seemed convinced that he was talking to Greta for a moment.
However, he caught on when they asked about setting up a meeting with the fictional South Park characters Terrance and Phillip.
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In the prank call, the "Greta" character said that she has fears of “growing international crisis and anticipation of the world war”.
“It already leads to disaster,” fake Greta said.“It’s very scary,” to which Trudeau replies: “Yes indeed.”
Also in the conversation, she said, “You are adults but you act like children. We can create a world where there is a place for everyone. For white and black. Christians and Muslims. Trump and Putin. for you and me. For Boris Johnson. For Corbyn. For Terrance and Phillip, who are also known in your country.”
“No, that is exactly, exactly the right perspective,” Trudeau responds.
At one point later she interrupts Trudeau and says, “But leave Nato. Drop your weapons. Pick flowers. Smile at nature.”
Trudeau responded, “I also dream of a world in which soldiers are not necessary, but we don’t live in that world yet, unfortunately.”
Next, she asked if he could set up a meeting with Terrance and Phillip.
That is when Trudeau started to catch on, but continued to play along a bit.
“I would be happy – I’ll ask my team to try and figure out how we can connect you. Because I don’t have their direct coordinates with me now. Wait, Terrance and Phillip, where they not in South Park? I don’t personally know them. I believe they are South Park parodies of Canadians,” he said.
He ended the call with the comedians shortly after.
Trudeau is the second-youngest prime minister in Canadian history. He is also the first to be related to a previous holder of the post, as the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau.
In the short year that Greta has been involved in her activism, she has quickly been thrust into the heights of fame.
There is also some discussion of nominating the child for the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.
The call and animation can be viewed below.