Leo DiCaprio was honored in New York City this past week by the radical clean-water advocacy group Riverkeepers. In order to be feted for his environmental largesse at this event, he flew on a private jet from Cannes, where he had been partying with pretty people at the notorious Cannes Film Festival. He completed the 8,000 mile round-trip the next evening by taking a different jet back to France for a glitzy Cinema Against AIDS gala, replete with models galore.
DiCaprio, who used his Oscar acceptance speech to state: “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species,” etc., constantly traverses the planet on private jets and yachts. His vast and expanding carbon footprint, of course, dwarfs that of those of us not in the top 1% of the top 1% in income. Since fossil-fuel driven travel is much cheaper, faster and more convenient than other modes of conveyance, giving this up would be a sacrifice of sorts. One that he is obviously unwilling to make, even though- unlike most of us- he could afford to do so. But, please understand, he is an important man. He gives lip-service…and real money to progressive causes. We should probably just do as he says, not as he does.
Professionally, DiCaprio makes obscene sums of money by pretending to be someone he is not. I’m not sure that is a particularly difficult job for him.
He does the same thing in his personal life, as well.