Leonardo DiCaprio is well known for his environmental activism — having used his Oscar acceptance speech as a platform to call for immediate action on climate change, and pledging big bucks to related causes through his foundation — so it’s not a surprise that he would be honored with a major award for those good works. What was a surprise, perhaps, was that he chose to accept one in a glaringly environmentally unfriendly way.
To accept the honor at the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball, Leo flew from Cannes to New York in a private jet. And then having scooped up his statuette, he turned right back around and flew back to France the next day, where he would make an appearance the Cinema Against AIDS gala. He also reportedly flew in a helicopter from his rented crash pad to a party held at the posh Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (that’s Josh Flagg’s favorite hotel, by the way), as noted by Daily Mail.
That’s a round-trip itinerary of about 8,000 miles — and needless to say, environmental groups were not happy about this. The scandal was trending over the weekend, and made for a bit of a cringe-worthy story for fans too.
But it’s not the first time he’s come under scrutiny for similar reasons: Last summer, he was skewered for spending a week on his superyacht in the Mediterranean (what say you, Below Deck Med yachties?), after receiving another environmental award. The Sony hacking scandal also revealed the star’s — let’s say liberal — use of private jets.
Daily Mail also reported that a source close to Leo defended him on the grounds that he didn’t actually book these flights — rather, they were already planned and he merely tagged along.
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