Civil War on the Left, Part 29: Leo in Trouble

This is just too much fun—a chance for a “Civil War on the Left” and a Green Weenie Award post at the same time. The “rainforest” people are mad at Leo DiCaprio. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Leonardo DiCaprio Urged to Step Down From UN Climate Change Role

By Alex Ritman

In perhaps the biggest attack on Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental credibility, a rainforest charity on Friday called on the actor to give up his title as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

At a press conference in London, the Bruno Manser Funds offered DiCaprio an ultimatum: either he renounce his connections to the “politically exposed persons” at the center of the multi-billion dollar 1MDB Malaysian corruption scandal now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and return corrupt money he allegedly received or resign from the position he was given by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in 2014.

“If DiCaprio is unwilling to come clean, we ask him to step down as UN Messenger for Peace for climate change, because he simply lacks the credibility for such an important role,” said Lukas Straumann, director of the Switzerland-based charity, which has a particular focus on deforestation in Malaysia. . .

“We can’t save the environment if we fail to stop corruption,” said Straumann, who called DiCaprio’s criticism of deforestation in the Indonesia-controlled parts of Borneo, “cynical hypocrisy.”

“He needs to become part of the solution,” he added. “But today he is part of the problem.”

This Straumann fellow better stay over in Switzerland, because if he ever visits Hollywood, he’ll be pretty busy spotting all the hypocrisy.