Brazil’s lunatic President Jair Bolsonaro has this week accused Leo DiCaprio of bankrolling the deliberate fires that have torched the Amazon rainforest to the ground.
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Bolsonaro made two claims on Friday against DiCaprio, first using Facebook:
Leonardo DiCaprio, dammit, you’re collaborating with the burning of the Amazon.
And then telling supporters:
This Leonardo DiCaprio’s a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money for the Amazon to be torched.
Bolsonaro says Leo is part of an international “campaign against Brazil.” He offered no evidence to support his claims, probably because he’s just trying to deflect blame for what a terrible job he’s doing running the country.
The remarks are believed to be tied to the arrest of four volunteer firefighters this week who were accused of setting fire to part of the forest. They were apparently trying to boost fundraising for an NGO that was rumoured to be linked with DiCaprio.
Leo responded with this message on IG earlier:
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At this time of crisis for the Amazon, I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment. The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them. While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted. I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians.
To be fair though, Leo is actually bankrolling some kind of activity in Brazil – he pledged $5 million to help fight the fires in the Amazon rainforest:
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#Regram #RG @earthalliance #EarthAlliance, launched in July by @LeonardoDiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth, has formed an emergency Amazon Forest Fund with a commitment of $5 million dollars to focus critical resources for indigenous communities and other local partners working to protect the life-sustaining biodiversity of the Amazon against the surge of fires currently burning across the region. Join Us. 100 percent of your donation will go to partners who are working on the ground to protect the Amazon. Earth Alliance is committed to helping protect the natural world. We are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in the Amazon, which highlights the delicate balance of climate, biodiversity, and the wellbeing of indigenous peoples. To learn more or to donate, please visit ealliance.org/amazonfund (see link in bio) Photos: @chamiltonjames, @danielbeltraphoto 2017
I mean if there’s one guy you shouldn’t try to shift the blame on about anything, let alone the Amazon burning to the ground, it’s Leo DiCaprio. You might as well try and blame it on Princess Diana or David Attenborough.
I get the way Bolsonaro is thinking – Leo pays some volunteers to torch the Amazon so that he gets more funding/attention to his humanitarian causes, but maybe he just feels that way because it’s a tactic he would use if he was DiCaprio. Just his evil brain at work projecting it all onto Leo DiCaprio.
Unless this is Leo’s way of getting back at the iceberg in Titanic? Could be.
For the time Leo made a bet that he could bang 6 models per night in Cannes and won (duh), click HERE.