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May 6, 2008
Daily Mail Outs Hippy-Crites
Outing all the celebrity hypocrites who live lives of conspicuous overconsumption while calling on the rest of us to subsist like medieval peasants is a task fit for Hercules. The Daily Mail rolls up its sleeves and gets started:
Trudie Styler demands we eat more locally grown vegetables. She recently ordered her personal chef to travel over 100 miles to make a bowl of pasta. She and her hubbie Sting have a carbon footprint 30 times the British average.
John Travolta says that the global warming farce is "a very valid issue" and that "everyone can do their bit." Everyone but him, that is; he owns five private planes, including a Boeing 707 that can carry 150 passengers, but that he flies with no one on board.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin ostentatiously ordered 10,000 mango trees to be planted to offset the carbon supposedly emitted by one of his band's albums. Meanwhile, he flies home between gigs on his private jet, allegedly traveling 100,000 miles per year. Many of the mango trees died.
Leonardo DiCaprio spent $millions on The 11th Hour, an environmentalist schlockumentary apparently styled after A Convenient Lie. He drives a hybrid, and brags about the solar panels on his mansion. But he's known as "Leonardo the Learjet Liberal" for refusing to stop flying his family around on a private jet.
Brad Pitt drives a hybrid and opines that "There's a lot of problems in the world right now because of our dependency on oil." Pitt himself is dependent on it to fly all over the planet in a private jet.
Barbra Streisand nags us to use compact fluorescent light bulbs and clean the condenser coils on our refrigerators to save energy. Despite earlier promises to be touring for the last time, she went on the road again last year. The vehicle list included "13 53ft semi-tractor trailers, four rental vans, 14 crew and band buses and one limousine."
Madonna headlined the London segment of last year's Live Earth crusade, which Matt Bellamy of Muse referred to as "private jets for climate change." She has over £1 million invested in oil exploration, mining, and other economically crucial but environmentally incorrect projects. She too flies around on her own jet.
Prince Charles rousingly declared:
I don't think there is a more urgent issue for any of us to be addressing at work, at home and indeed in every facet of our lives, than climate change.
He flew a team of 14 from England to New York to collect an environmental awareness award, then made up for it by traveling around in a luxurious £50 million greenwashed yacht.
Clowns like Sped Begley, who makes toast with a bicycle-powered generator, and Daryl Hannah, whom police have had to extract from other people's trees, are nutty enough to believe in the trendy cult of environmentalism. But to their credit, most of the glitterati seem able to see through it, their sanctimonious posturing notwithstanding.
On a tip from V the K.
Posted by Van Helsing at May 6, 2008 11:07 AM
Why doesnt ELF go to Travolta's airport and torch his planes? If that happened it would be hilarious. The chickens would truly come home to roost!
Posted by: Anonymous at May 6, 2008 11:21 AM
I have a few million carbon offsets I am willing to part with...for the right price.
Posted by: baldeagle390 at May 6, 2008 12:53 PM
Anon, I'd pay to see that. I'd pay alot, especially to see the look on Travolta's face as it happens.
All those people make up for their carbon footprint by keeping people in africa poor.
Posted by: conservativeteen at May 6, 2008 2:13 PM
Regarding Streisand, something else to be noted:
She recently sued a couple that were taking pictures of houses on the California coastline, as part of an effort to document soil erosion of the coast. Why did she sue them, you may ask? Because among the pictures they took were some of her HUMONGOUS beachfront mansion which took up a huge chunk of the land!
She, like most celebrities, only supports environmental efforts if they don't directly impact her.
Posted by: Adam at May 6, 2008 3:36 PM
Adam: Like Ted Kennedy, unindicted manslaughterer, and the wind farms off Martha's Vineyard, for the Libs it's always: "Do as I say, not as I do." Every one of 'em: pathetic hypocrites of the first order.
Posted by: jc14 at May 6, 2008 5:29 PM
Judging by the size of the car parked next to it, that poolhouse is about the size of a two story suburban home with 4 bedrooms.
Posted by: James F McEnanly at May 7, 2008 7:07 AM