Leonardo DiCaprio might have erased all doubt of his acting abilities by winning the Best Actor Oscar this year for his role in The Revenant, but his self-awareness is still in question.
A famous environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio flew roughly 4,000 miles from Cannes, France, to New York City on a private jet to accept an environmental award at the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball at Chelsea Pier on Wednesday before turning around and flying another 4,000 miles back to Cannes the next day.
A rep for Leonardo DiCaprio told Us Weekly that the actor had no choice but to make the two private, gas-guzzling journeys because he needed to return to France to attend the 2016 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.
“He was asked to speak at both Riverkeeper and amfAR events, but the only way to attend the two fundraisers was to hitch a ride with flights that were already planned. Leo helped both events raise millions, donated his own funds, auctioned off his house and had speaking roles in both programs.”
At the amfAR AIDS Gala on Thursday, Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned off a week-long residence at his lavish estate in Palm Springs for $336,000. Despite this display of generosity, many are calling Leonardo DiCaprio a hypocrite for flying back-to-back private jets after years of advocating for environmentalism.
Environmental activist Robert Rapier, who has criticized Leonardo DiCaprio’s use of jets and yachts in the past, spoke to Page Six about DiCaprio’s latest escapades.
“[DiCaprio] demonstrates exactly why our consumption of fossil fuels continues to grow. It’s because everyone loves the combination of cost and convenience they offer. Alternatives usually require sacrifice of one form or another.” Rapier added, “Everybody says, ‘I’ve got a good reason for consuming what I consume’… It’s the exact same rationalization for billions of people.”
Us Weekly also notes that Leonardo DiCaprio was criticized in 2014 for reportedly taking six private jet flights in as many weeks and for renting the world’s fifth largest yacht to watch the World Cup in Brazil.
Leonardo DiCaprio has long made environmental activism his celebrity platform and famously called out climate-change deniers at this year’s Academy Awards when he accepted the Best Actor award for The Revenant.
“Climate change is real,” Leonardo DiCaprio told the audience at the Dolby Theatre. “It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. We need to work together to stop procrastinating…. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”As Page Six reports, Leonardo DiCaprio was honored at the Riverkeeper Fishermen’s Ball by the clean-water advocacy group. Actor Robert De Niro, who was recognized for protecting environmental causes through film, presented the award and Sting performed for guests. Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect New York’s rivers and chose to present both DiCaprio and designer Ralph Lauren with its “Big Fish” award. Earlier this year, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation pledged $15 million to environmental activism at the World Economic Forum.
The amfAR AIDS gala at Cannes was a decidedly splashier affair, keeping in tradition of Leonardo DiCaprio’s reputation for partying. Variety called the event “the wackiest and most VIP party at the biggest film festival on Earth.” The magazine reports that DiCaprio partied with models and shared puffs of his vape with actor Orlando Bloom. Katy Perry was the headline performer at the star-studded event, which was attended by Helen Mirren, Adrien Brody, Harvey Weinstein, Heidi Klum, and Uma Thurman.
Along with the chance to sleep in Leonardo DiCaprio’s bed in Palm Springs, the auction block included exclusive offerings such as a day with Kevin Spacey and a Crayola painting by actor Adrien Brody, which sold for half a million dollars. In total, the auction raised $25 million for HIV/AIDS research.