FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

The Hollow Environmentalism of Leonardo DiCaprio

How do you explain this? Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio turns Chicken Little for the environment and makes the big movie to alert us all of pending ecological disaster. Its called the “11th Hour” and will be in theaters this August.  At the same time, however, his own industry (Hollywood) is using rain forest wood to make movie sets. Yet, big movie star turned eco-warrior doesn’t see that as a problem. I mean, he doesn’t mention it in his film. Nor does he ever talk about it.  So what gives?

I thought it over quite a bit and suddenly remembered this book I read a few years ago. It was called Wild Swans by Jung Chang and it was about the Chinese Cultural Revolution – you know that big thing where Mao Tse -Tung tried to do it his way. Well, during the course of this grand event, the crops began to fail and people were starving by the millions. But whenever Chairman Mao came to town, the starving villagers would gather what few garden items they could find from all the gardens in the area and then put everything in one field next to where Mao was going to pass. They did this to show Mao how well the revolution was going.

The Chinese artists of the day, being the clever people that they were, decided the villagers were not engaged in hypocrisy – but rather something else. They came up with a word to describe this phenomenon. I no longer remember that word but the meaning was “self deception while deceiving others.”

Now think about it. Doesn’t that sound right when you think about DiCaprio and his movie? I mean, I don’t doubt the sincerity of his calling. But what else would explain him jumping in bed with Warner Brothers as his distributor? Forget about Warner Brothers as a huge consumer of rain forest wood. This is a company that would never consider helping the environment by showing DiCaprio’s film on the Internet instead of the movie theater that you have to drive to in your pollution machine. These “concerned” movie marketers wouldn’t think about going digital in theaters either. Instead they produce hundreds (if not thousands) of chemical intensive film prints that then need to be moved around by big fat UPS planes and trucks – all so you can learn the perils of human impact on the environment! How about free tickets to anyone who shows up at the theater on a Bicycle or electric car? No way Jose – shareholders won’t like that. We got profit targets. Flying DiCaprio to the Cannes Film Festival on a carbon belching jetliner to promote our important message was already more than we could afford.

Nope. DiCaprio and company are not hypocrites, but when it comes to really getting down to the nitty gritty of treading lightly on this earth, “Self Deception while deceiving others” seems to be the only explanation. All Hail Chairman DiCaprio!

For a quick look at some real environmentalists storming a ship filled with rain-forest wood headed for Hollywood, check out this video on Youtube.

BILL DAY can be reached at: bill@smilingzebra.com

 

More articles by:
bernie-the-sandernistas-cover-344x550
February 17, 2020
Christopher Brauchli
You Tube’s Trump Predicament
Steve Klinger
Trump Shoots Romney at Prayer Breakfast; GOP Shrugs
Elliot Sperber
Ode to the City Bus 
James Haught
Megachurch Mess
Weekend Edition
February 14, 2020
Friday - Sunday
Andrew Levine
Mayor Mike, Worse Than Mayor Pete
Bruce E. Levine
“Sublime Madness”: Anarchists, Psychiatric Survivors, Emma Goldman & Harriet Tubman
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Leader of the Pack
Jennifer Matsui
The Doomsday Cuckoo Clock
Paul Street
Things Said in Confidence to 4000 Close Friends This Week
Jonathan Cook
Even With Corbyn Gone, Antisemitism Threats Will Keep Destroying the UK Labour Party
Thomas Klikauer
Cambridge Analytica: a Salesgirl’s Report
Joseph Natoli
Vichy Democrats vs. the Master Voice
David Rosen
Sanders vs. the Establishment Democrats: McGovern All Over Again?
Louis Proyect
Marx, Lincoln and Project 1619
Robert Hunziker
Amazon Onslaught
Russell Mokhiber
NPR and the Escalating Attack on Single-Payer Health Care
Ramzy Baroud
Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a United Stance for Palestine
Mike Miller
Race and Class: Overcoming the Divides
Michael Brennan
Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race 
Jacob G. Hornberger
U. S. Lies and Deaths in Afghanistan
Rev. William Alberts
Trump Served Up Projection at the National Prayer Breakfast
Nick Pemberton
The Overwhelming Sex Appeal Of Bernie Sanders
David Swanson
Why This Election Is Different
Dan Bacher
Western States Petroleum Association Tops CA Lobbying Expenses with $8.8 Million Spent in 2019
Christopher Ketcham
The Medium Warps the Message Straight to Our Extinction
Erik Molvar
Trump’s Gutting of NEPA Will Cut the Public Out of Public Lands Decisions
William Kaufman
Tulsi Gabbard: A Political Postmortem
Colin Todhunter
Menace on the Menu in Post-EU Britain
Gregory Elich
Mnangagwa’s Neoliberal Assault on the Zimbabwean People
Ron Jacobs
The Lies of Industry and the Liars Who Sell Them
Binoy Kampmark
Subverting the Blacklist: Kirk Douglas’s Modest Contribution
Tom Engelhardt
The War in Questions: Making Sense of the Age of Carnage
Peter Certo
Who’s Afraid of Socialism?
Brett Wilkins
Dresden, February 1945
Missy Comley Beattie
You’re a Lying, Dog-Faced Pony Soldier
Thomas Knapp
Yes, the ERA Has Been Ratified
Medea Benjamin - Nicolas J. S. Davies
Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
Manuel García, Jr.
A Short History of Humanity’s Future
Leonard C. Goodman
The Iowa Fallout and the Democrats’ Shadowy Plot to Stop Sanders
Nilofar Suhrawardy
Delhi Polls: A Storm Over Winner’s “Religious” Acts!
Saad Hafiz
The Unending Human Tragedy in Syria
Jacob Levich
Ocasio-Cortez to Constituents on Bolivian Coup: Drop Dead
Nicky Reid
The Buttigieg Delusion
Gary Leupp
Gramsci and You: an Open Letter to Mayor Pete
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Black America and the Presidents
FacebookTwitterRedditEmail