Sometimes you just have to have a cheeseburger. Harrison Ford knows the feeling.
The “Star Wars” legend once told a reporter he regularly takes his private plane out to scratch that Wimpy-sized itch.
And he’s got the fleet to make that possible. Ford, a licensed pilot, boasts an array of classic cars and planes would make gear heads Hulk green with envy.
Oh, and Ford just appeared before the United Nations to warn us we’re doomed unless we take climate change seriously.
Confused? You should be, and the mainstream media doesn’t make things easier. Most reporters avoid sharing details diminishing celebrity eco-warriors’ clout.
Ford’s sizable carbon footprint, hardly a state secret, should be a key element of any climate change speech he gives. Hypocrisy matters.
A few outlets noted his support for teen activist Greta Thunberg. Most news sites ignored Ford’s plea, though. That’s unexpected, given Ford’s enduring appeal and how young Thunberg dominated the news cycle for several days.
Perhaps reporters feared readers would connect the speech to his high flying ways. And, as a result, preferred to ignore the speech entirely.
That kind of thinking is how the media covers for climate change hypocrites. Avoid narratives that hurt their cause, and play up their rhetoric without vital context.
Two years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio turned his Oscar speech moment into a climate change battle cry.
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our species,” he told the massive audience, extending far beyond the theater hall. He knew few, if any, reporters would quiz him on his gargantuan carbon footprint.
He was correct, with one exception. Right-leaning outlets noted his glaring double standard. Similar sites also chided Ford for his duplicitous stance. The Washington Times picked up on Ford’s personal hypocrisy. Breitbart News did, too, noting how many social media users spotted the issue as well.
From the guy who stands up and lectures everyone on ‘Climate Change’ matters. No hypocrisy there -- Naw……https://t.co/a6CDCQT5pM
— KAreYouSerious (@KAreYouSerious) September 25, 2019
In our digital age, the facts can’t be contained for long.
To be fair, some British-based sites call out Hollywood’s epo-hypocrites. Stateside reporters, though, feel little obligation to tell the whole story.
What would Ford say about his eco-hypocrisy? We don’t know. Have any reporters ever asked him that question? It’s unlikely. When “Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo got asked about his pal DiCaprio’s eco-hypocrisy, it caught him flat footed.
His response? He shooed away the question like a fly at a picnic.
It gets worse.
“Aquaman” star Jason Momoa lectured President Donald Trump about abandoning the Paris Climate Accord earlier this week. His speech neglected one critical fact. Many of the nations agreeing to the pact haven’t lived up to their obligations.
Which brings us to one eco-aware star who understands why some question his bona fides.
Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke shocked music lovers recently when he admitted something Ford and his eco-conscious pals rarely do.
He’s a fraud.
“The thing I’ve always struggled somewhat with is that if I’m campaigning on climate change, I’m someone who has to fly for my work, so, boom, I’m a hypocrite,” the Friends of the Earth activist told the BBC radio show “Desert Island Discs.”
“I totally agree I’m a hypocrite, but I’m trying to do something about it, and yes, you’re right, I’m a hypocrite.”
It’s more honesty than we heard from Ford’s United Nations speech.
Naturally, many media outlets ignored Yorke’s comments. Once again, material that exposes stars for not living up to their climate change rhetoric is hidden from view.
Thanks to conservative media sites, we know better.