Indonesia Might Ban Leonardo DiCaprio
Oscar winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be banned from returning to Indonesia due to his recent criticisms that palm oil plantations are destroying the country’s rain forests and endangering wildlife. Indonesian officials are pissed.
Leo made a one-day visit to the protected Mount Leuser National Park in Sumatra last weekend. He posted photos of his visit to his Instagram account while expressing concerns over the threat to the species of the National Park:
As the forest of the #Indonesian #LeuserEcosystem continues to be cleared to meet demand for Palm Oil, the critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan is being pushed to the brink of extinction. Here, at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme’s Orangutan Quarantine Center, rescued orangutans are rehabilitated so they can be released back into the wild. If we don't stop this rampant destruction, the Leuser Ecosystem and the Sumatran orangutans that call it home could be lost forever. Click the link in the bio to support this important work. #Indonesia
Indonesia is not having that kind of negative press being slung at them by a world-famous actor even if it is true. Officials are saying that he is using his fame to discredit the palm oil industry and the Indonesian government. A spokesman said of the blacklisting:
“We support his concern to save the Leuser ecosystem,but we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media.”
What are the ethics surrounding an American coming into a foreign country and shitting on its practices? I can’t say I fully blame Indonesia for getting upset.