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11 Questions the Press Must Ask Leonardo DiCaprio

The 41-year-old actor won his first Academy Award earlier this year. He’s atop the Hollywood A-list and has been for some time. He’s movie-star handsome with riches beyond most people’s wildest dreams.

And he can prattle on about saving the planet without the press offering a peep in protest. Why would a reporter grill DiCaprio about recycling, using less natural resources and prepping the planet for a healthier tomorrow?

Because he’s arguably Hollywood’s reigning eco-hypocrite, that’s why.

  • The tales of his private plane usage, which leaves a massive carbon footprint, are legendary
  • He loves charting gas-guzzling yachts with his tony pals
  • Suffice to say he owns more than one home, and they’re hardly modest in size

The irony is that some media outlets have dinged DiCaprio on his hypocrisy. The critiques often come from British newspapers, though. When pressed, his representatives say he often is hitching a ride on previously commissioned jets. That’s a dubious explanation, and it can’t wash away his serial use of private planes.

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When a U.S.-based entertainment reporter sits down with the star the subject rarely, if ever, comes up. Nor is it addressed when he’s promoting a new eco-project, like the upcoming National Geographic documentary “Before the Flood.”

Media outlets ignored the chasm between the actor’s lectures and lifestyle after he used his Oscar acceptance speech to sound off on climate change:

“Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.”

Journalists shouldn’t necessarily hector celebrities on political questions. That’s often a function of our clickbait age. Get a star to sound off on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, and you’ve got a potentially viral story.

This is something different.

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DiCaprio uses his Hollywood bully pulpit to tell us how to live our lives. He also says politicians who disagree with him on climate change shouldn’t be allowed to hold public office.

So asking him tough but fair questions on these topics isn’t just a suggestion. It should be mandatory.

Here are 11 questions the press should (but probably won’t) ask DiCaprio:

  1. How do you square your consistent use of private planes with your green activism?
  2. You’ve said, “The idea of pursuing material objects your whole life is absolutely soulless.” How do you explain that philosophy in light of your lavish lifestyle?
  3. Do you think your large carbon footprint is hurting the very cause you support?
  4. Do you think science is ever truly settled?
  5. So many scientific models about climate change have been flat-out wrong. Response?
  6. Shouldn’t a foundation like yours be more transparent, not less?
  7. When we experience a hot or cold spell we’re often told it’s due to climate change. When climate change skeptics point to similar weather pockets to debunk climate change they’re told climate isn’t weather. Can you explain?
  8. Why do you think other environmentally aware celebrities, like James Cameron, also live lives that contrast their beliefs?
  9. Have you ever had a long, open discussion with a climate change skeptic?
  10. Climate change is being blamed for the rise in terrorism. Do you think that is more or less of a contributing factor than radical Islam?
  11. The recent Gulf of Mexico hurricane drought lasted 10 years, despite us being told climate change would cause more hurricane activity. Can you explain?
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24 Comments

  1. How about: Are you now, or have you ever been a member of an intellectually and ethically challenged political party?

  2. haven’t been to a movie in over 30 years, don’t watch entertainment tv, the nfl or the nba. as far as celebrities, they don’t pay my bills.

    the boy looks like children and small animals are not safe around him

  3. He’s been a pretty big deal since a young age. It’s probably been a few decades since anybody’s said to him: “Leo, you’re a moron. STFU.”

  4. Climate-change-caused phenomena are things that can be spun to corroborate the occurrence of ongoing climate change. Weather-caused phenomena are things that cannot be so spun.

  5. I would amend to 7 to:

    Have you ever had a long, open discussion with a climate change skeptic who is a genuine Earth Scientist?

  6. This guy’s a world-class dope. He thought a Chinook wind in Western Canada was a sign of warming. It’s not, as any small child there could have told him.

  7. Every one of those questions is racist!

    (For the humor-impaired: that was humor. You may not agree that it is funny, but that is your problem, not mine. Because racism!)

  8. My questions for Mr. DiCaprio

    1. What makes you qualified to lecture us on climate matters?
    2. Why are temperature measurements “adjusted” before being shown to the public?
    3. How is it possible to measure the earth’s “temperature” when there is no orifice into which we can insert the thermometer?
    4. How much of the earth’s temperature comes from solar rays?
    5. The Chinese are rapidly expanding their nuclear power capabilities. Do you favor emission free nuclear power as replacement for fossil fuels? If not, why not?
    6. There is existing technology to remove significant quantities of carbon from the atmosphere in relatively economical ways. Do you favor massive government subsidies to further CO2 removal efforts?
    7. CO2 is a natural by-product of respiration. Do you exhale?

  9. 12. Do you believe a person can be “transgender?” Explain why ignoring the settled science that being born with a Y chromosome imparts certain genetic characteristics doesn’t make you “anti-science.”

  10. While I agree with most of the comments posted here, I would like to ask a more fundamental question: Why should I give a fiddler’s f*** WHAT Leo DiCaprio thinks about ANYTHING????????

    He’s an ACTOR, for f***’s sake. He reads OTHER PEOPLE’S words for a living. He is not well-educated, he is not particularly bright, he is privileged, he is rich (without significant risk or effort on his part), he lives a lifestyle a reigning monarch of merely forty or fifty years ago would envy. He knows nothing. He is surrounded by sycophants, who constantly tell him that he is a genius, and his poop doesn’t stink.

    I wouldn’t bother to tell him to STFU; I simply ignore him – and all those like him.

  11. I’m sorry, but I don’t think he is very good at acting, either. Monotone voice, same person, just different roles. That is personality, not acting. Sorry Leo.

  12. His Wikipedia page says he dropped out of high school and eventually earned his GED so I might want to ask….Why do you think you have the background to argue with those who better educated than yourself?

  13. Robert Heinlein: One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

  14. He should have finished high school before pontificating about science. Settled science is an illusion and with luck will continue to be. When science thinks of itself as settled it becomes mythology. How many times does this need to be proved before educated people stop listening to uninformed, politically driven nonsense. Remember, in 1980 every doctor would tell you that ulcers were caused by stress. Turns out they are caused by a bacteria. NOW, every doctor will tell you that. But it is still not “settled” science.

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