“He better shuts up”: Jair Bolsonaro fights with Leonardo DiCaprio

“He better shut up”
Jair Bolsonaro feuds with Leonardo DiCaprio

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is committed to climate protection. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is annoyed that he also criticizes the deforestation of the rainforest. The right-wing populist is now quoted as saying that the actor should stop talking nonsense.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are currently in a public exchange of blows. The Hollywood star had spoken in a series of posts on Twitter about the ecological importance of the Amazon rainforest and its destruction. The actor and environmentalist also called on the Brazilian population to vote.

In a tweet, DiCaprio wrote, “Brazil is home to the Amazon and other ecosystems critical to climate change. What’s happening there affects us all and the voice of youth is key to driving change for a healthy planet.” The 47-year-old also advocates registering for the election by May 4 and finding out about it beforehand on the “Olha o Barulhinho” website.

That seems to annoy Bolsonaro. As reported by CNN, the incumbent president of Brazil told a group of supporters about Leonardo DiCaprio’s Twitter posts: “DiCaprio needs to know that it was the president of the World Trade Organization who said that without Brazil’s agricultural industry, the world would starve .” He reportedly added, “So DiCaprio better shut up instead of talking nonsense.”

Not the first fight

Since Bolsonaro took office in January 2019, the Brazilian Amazon has suffered further damage. The right-wing populist relaxed laws and regulations intended to protect the rainforest from deforestation.

Leonardo DiCaprio is considered one of the most committed stars in terms of climate protection. In 1998 he founded the “Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation” to promote environmental awareness. In May 2021, he and partner organizations pledged a $43 million donation to conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands.

It’s not the first time Bolsonaro and DiCaprio have clashed. In 2019, for example, the Brazilian President accused the actor of being indirectly responsible for forest fires in the Amazon region. The background was DiCaprio’s donations to organizations that were intended to fight the consequences of the fires. Bolsonaro, on the other hand, accused the aid projects of setting the fires themselves in order to get funds.