Actor Joaquin Phoenix was mocked for lecturing about being environmentally conscious while flying to a climate protest in a fuel-guzzling airplane.
The “Joker” actor and Golden Globe Award winner appeared at Jane Fonda’s weekly climate change protest in Washington, D.C., on Friday, telling the crowd that although he “can’t avoid” traveling by plane, he can at least “change my eating habits.”
Though Phoenix has ranted about the impact of dairy and meat production on climate change, recently bringing it up in his Golden Globes acceptance speech, it wasn’t quite clear what “change” he was referring to as he has reportedly been a vegan for years.
“Something I think isn’t oftentimes talked about in the environmental movement or in the conversation about climate change, is that the meat and dairy industry is the third leading cause of climate change,” the 45-year-old actor said at the weekly “Fire Drill Fridays” protest.
— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) January 10, 2020
“Sometimes we wonder what can we do in this fight against climate change, and there is something that you can do today and tomorrow, by making a choice about what you consume,” Phoenix said.
“I struggle so much with what I can do at times. There are things I can’t avoid. I flew a plane here today, or last night rather,” he added. “But one thing I can do is change my eating habits.”
Phoenix joined the list of his fellow Hollywood liberals who have attended the weekly protests and been arrested after demonstrations blocked streets or Capitol steps. Fonda, who has helped organize the events, has been arrested five times herself for her activism.
Joaquin Phoenix participated in Jane Fonda’s “Fire Drill Friday” today and has been led away by Capitol Police. pic.twitter.com/jl0u9OdAoY
— Jason Hoffman (@JasonHoffman93) January 10, 2020
During his award speech last week, Phoenix had thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for “recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change” by serving a totally plant-based menu. He also was apparently hailed as a climate hero by the left for planning to wear the same tuxedo for the entire award season.
Bollox to the fireman, the police, ambulance services, soldiers, charity workers, doctors, nurses, carers..no the real hero is a man who wears one tux for a whole season.?
— John Hamilton (@JohnHamilton44) January 6, 2020
The actor’s appeal on Friday was met with a round of mockery on social media where many have had enough of smug Hollywood elites lecturing conservation while they jet-set around in planes, yachts, and limousines.
“I won’t forgo the private jet, but I’ll eat more kale”
My god, the dedication to saving the planet from the Hollywood Elite is truly remarkable. How very brave. ?
— AM 560 The Answer (@AM560TheAnswer) January 10, 2020
I got an idea, don’t take a plane half way around the world to speak for 60 seconds about being Vegan
— Murdoc (@MurdocGLL) January 10, 2020
Rules for thee not for me
I simply have to fly to lecture you little people on how to be better.
— WI Libertarian (@WI_Libertarian) January 10, 2020
Sure we live in mansions, have yachts and fly on private jets. Granted we celebrities produce 200X more emissions than the avg. person, but I am a climate champion because I eat salad and do not use a plastic fork.
— Ed Jackson (@Roderickoooo) January 10, 2020
All of America to Hollywood : pic.twitter.com/oBxAJgkUoL
— RobD (@ROBBDDE) January 10, 2020
Excellent! More bacon for the rest of us! ?
— Bob Loblaw (@BobLoblaw555) January 10, 2020
He’s been a vegan for 40 years. What lifestyle changes is he talking about exactly? He flew a plane to give a short speech. Then back on the plane again. It doesn’t sound like there are any sacrifices there.
— Alex (@__alex_h_) January 10, 2020
What a hypocrite, you fly around the world, drive big cars, have oversized houses that consume extra power and could probably house 30 homeless ppl. You hollywood elites probably do more damage to the environment than 10 average families
— Jimsopine (@JamesMi39761156) January 11, 2020
Why do actors who read other peoples lines for a living, think they are qualified to lecture anyone on anything, except maybe reading other peoples lines.
— CHenry (@calvinsears) January 10, 2020
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