Leonardo DiCaprio’s Environmental Hypocrisy, Continued

PolitiChicks.comIn my last article, I exposed Leonardo DiCaprio’s hypocritical stance on fracking. But DiCaprio’s environmentalist hypocrisy doesn’t end with fracking.

However, many refuse to see that DiCaprio’s lifestyle contradicts his words “The Clinton Global Initiative will mark its 10th anniversary with a star-studded Manhattan gala and internationalized awards ceremony Sept. 21, honoring, among others, Leonardo DiCaprio for his environmental activism…” as reported by an exclusive in the Hollywood Reporter. Former president Bill Clinton, “…launched the awards to honor outstanding individuals in civil society (including the entertainment industry, philanthropy, public service and the private sector), who exemplify global citizenship through their vision, leadership and impact in addressing global challenges.”

But the Clintons are not the only ones guilty of turning a blind eye to DiCaprio’s hypocrisy. Two days after DiCaprio is awarded the Clinton Global Citizen Award he will speak at the U.N. Summit on the topic of climate change.   “Leonardo DiCaprio has been tapped by the United Nations to be honored with the title of Messenger of Peace, and the actor has been asked to speak on Sept. 23 at the U.N. summit to address the topic of climate change…” as reported in another article by the Hollywood Reporter.

“When announcing DiCaprio’s new position, the secretary-general heaped praise on the actor for both the generous funds raised and substantial grants the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has provided for environmental causes since its creation in 1998,” as reported by Vanity Fair.  Back in June, Hollywood Reporter stated that “…Leonardo DiCaprio announced his foundation will donate $7 million…” to marine conservation. The $7 million are those “generous funds” referenced by Vanity Fair.

Hollywood Reporter continued, “DiCaprio said his foundation will contribute $7 million to a variety of marine conservation initiatives over the next 24 months. ‘I’m standing up here as a concerned citizen of this planet who believes that this is the most important issue of our time.'”

I’m not sure what is more disturbing, DiCaprio’s hypocrisy, or the fact that he believes that marine conservation is “the most important issue of our time.”

It shouldn’t surprise us that people don’t realize the threat of ISIS, immigration or the numerous other crises facing us when they have Hollywood celebrities telling them that marine conservation is “the most important issue of our time”. I don’t know if these celebrities don’t understand they sway that they hold over their fan base, or if they do understand, and are using their status to push their own agenda.

I’m sure it’s both, some of them probably just don’t understand the sway they hold over their fan base, while others do understand it and are using it to their advantage. I can’t say which category DiCaprio falls into. But this is the problem with celebrities. We need to stop lifting them up to the status of God, and assume that if so and so says it, then it must be true.

DiCaprio tells the Hollywood Reporter, “‘This isn’t simply an exercise in wildlife conservation.  If we don’t do something to save the ocean now, it won’t be just the sharks and the dolphins that suffer. It will be our children and our grandchildren.’” Well, our children and grandchildren are going to be a lot worse off, if not dead, if we don’t do something about ISIS and the myriad of other crises we face.

Secretary of State John Kerry tells the Hollywood Reporter the following about DiCaprio: “‘I was very, very struck during the course of our time together about his seriousness of purpose. He doesn’t just lend his name to this kind of an effort casually. He does his homework. He knows the issues. He invests time to visit places where he can learn more about those issues. And he understands how to make the case effectively and persuasively.’”

In my last article about DiCaprio, I proved that he does not do his homework or know the issues.

PolitiChicks.comDiCaprio’s environmental activism is hypocritical due to his lifestyle which leaves a huge carbon footprint. “DiCaprio throws parties on the 482-foot yacht owned by the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, which generates its wealth from oil,” as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

It’s astonishing how blind some people are to DiCaprio’s hypocrisy. In the Vanity Fair article, they specifically allude to his lavish parties on yachts without realizing how his lifestyle, directly contradicts his words. In fact, the point of the article is to praise DiCaprio for his environmental activism: “That’s right, it’s not all super-yachts and supermodels for DiCaprio,” reports Vanity Fair.

“DiCaprio, who has been praised by Secretary of State John Kerry for his work on climate awareness, recently narrated a short film promoting the need for a carbon tax,” writes Politico. In my last article I criticized DiCaprio for his hypocritical stance on the carbon tax issue.

“It’s an honor to accept the role of UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community…I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history – it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet,” says DiCaprio. Well despite his words, DiCaprio’s lifestyle does not match up.

PolitiChicks.com“I try as often as possible to fly commercially,” says DiCaprio according to the Guardian. But the headline “Environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio arrives in Sydney on a private jet”, appeared on CelebrityFix, back in 2012. According to DC Clothesline, which called him out on his hypocrisy back in May, DiCaprio owns at least 5 carbon burning homes.

DiCaprio is trying to “have his cake and eat it too.” He wants to be viewed as a celebrity who cares about the environment, while at the same time enjoying the lavish lifestyle of a celebrity. I’m not criticizing DiCaprio for his lavish lifestyle; it’s his money and he can spend it however he chooses. What I’m criticizing is his hypocrisy. You can’t own 5 carbon burning homes and fly on private jets and still go around talking about protecting the environment and the oceans and expect people to take you seriously–but DiCaprio gets away with it as do many celebrities.

Katie Zehnder

Katie Zehnder is a senior a Regent University majoring in government. She is also a political commentator for The Federalist Papers and Assistant Editor of Red Millennial. https://www.facebook.com/TheKatieZehnder and on Twitter at @Kathzeh.

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