Here's why Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter name to Sharon

The teen climate change activist has a habit of adjusting her Twitter bio to reflect world events.

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Look, game show contestants can't possibly get all the answers right. But British actor Amanda Henderson made a big mistake on the BBC quiz show Celebrity Mastermind on Thursday. Asked to identify the Swedish climate change activist whose book is called No One is Too Small To Make A Difference," Henderson shook her head and guessed, "Sharon?"

The correct answer, of course, was Greta Thunberg, who turned 17 on Friday. A clip of Henderson's wrong answer was shared by Twitter user Mark Smith, and has more than 6 million views in just a day. "2020 is cancelled," Smith wrote.

Thunberg played along, changing her Twitter name to "Sharon," plus adjusting her age to reflect her birthday, and thanking those who sent birthday wishes.

"Large fan of this," wrote Smith, the Twitter user who sent the video viral, of Thunberg's name change.

Twitter users commented on the name change, and Henderson's gaffe.

"Our climate change global superstar will always be Sharon Thunberg to me from now on," wrote one. Another wrote of Henderson's confused face, "This is a visual representation of when you don't know the answer but refuse to leave it blank."

It's far from the first time Thunberg has reflected news events in her Twitter biography. When Time named the teen its Person of the Year in December, President Donald Trump tweeted that she should "work on her anger management problem, then go to a good old-fashioned movie with a friend," and said she should "chill." 

In response, Thunberg changed her Twitter biography to read, "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old-fashioned movie with a friend."

Thunberg has also tweaked her Twitter bio to play off another Trump remark in September, one by Russian president Vladimir Putin in October, and a December remark by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.