Leonardo DiCaprio recently came out to reject the claim made by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who accused him of “giving money to set the Amazon on fire.” On his Instagram page this past Saturday, Leonardo wrote a statement denying the claim made by the Brazilian politician.
You can check out the full statement in the Instagram post below, in which The Revenant alum diplomatically explained the predicament:
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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.
Reportedly, Bolsonaro criticized Leonardo when he discovered the Hollywood actor had paid $ 5 million to local groups to fight against the infernos. The president claimed environmentalist groups are starting Amazonian fires on purpose to extract hefty donations from wealthy philanthropists.
On Friday, Bolsonaro sarcastically described Leonardo as a “cool guy,” before going on to say that the Hollywood actor was paying a lot of money to “set the Amazon on fire.” Yesterday, the New York Times was the first to report on Jair Bolsonaro’s claim.
The outlet described the president’s accusation as just his “latest attempt” to shift blame for problems in the nation. Reportedly, the president’s administration has been fighting less against mining in the Amazon, ranching, and illegal logging.
On Friday, Bolsonaro explained that the World Wildlife Fun had paid money for images to be taken of volunteer fire-fighters who then take donations. One of those donations was from Mr. DiCaprio. The organization denied taking money from DiCaprio as well as taking pictures from firefighters.
As most know, Leonardo DiCaprio has long been an advocate for environmentalist concerns, including climate change among many others. On Beyond Meat’s website, the organization alleges they first started their relationship with him two years ago as an investor and an advocate.
However, they had met with him in the past to discuss what could be done to create a plant-based burger with a positive impact on the environment. According to the actor’s Wikipedia Page, Leonardo is one of the most active celebrities in the environmentalist movement and has fostered a significant reputation for himself on account of that.