Quick celebrity update gleaned from scanning today’s headlines:
Mid-level Hollywood celebrity Rosario Dawson says flying commercial? That’s for the booboisie:
Rosario Dawson and two girlfriends hit a fashion show in L.A. last week before hopping on a Gulfstream jet, which circled the city at 41,000 feet as they enjoyed in-flight massages from Rita Hazan’s top esthetician, Arsi Tavitian.
Mrs. Sting replies, let the little people take public transportion!
It’s one rule for them, and another for the rest of us.Trudie Styler, wife of Sting and self-styled eco-warrior, recently took a helicopter to travel 80 miles from Wiltshire to Devon, a journey that would have taken less than two hours by train.
The actress and film producer is forever harping on about saving the environment, having set up the Rainforest Campaign in the late 1980s with her pop star husband.
The Stings are known for eating only organic food, supposedly grown on their land, although one member of staff recently admitted to serving up nonorganic salad from the supermarket.
So what was Styler thinking as she clambered into her gas-guzzling chopper, off to stay with friend and fellow greenie Zac Goldsmith on his organic farm in Devon?
Thinking? Celebrities feel. They emote. And speaking of which, Leonardo DiCaprio tells Vanity Fair(aptly named in this case):
Because we’ve waited, because we’ve turned our backs on nature’s warning signs, and because our political and corporate leaders have consistently ignored the overwhelming scientific evidence, the challenges we face are that much more difficult. We are in the environmental age whether we like it or not. So, what does the future look like? We know the United States, the greatest consumer and source of waste, needs to make a transition to a greener future, but will our pivotal generation create a sustainable world in time?
Wouldn’t banning movie production be a way to save resources? Films involve miles of celluloid, a petroleum-based resource. Plus the fuel involved in transporting the celebrities, crew, and equipment. They involve thousands of watts of electricity for their lighting. Imagine what the lights themselves are doing to the ozone. Then more reels of celluloid when the finished product is shipped to theaters. What about the chemicals involved in processing the film? Then all of the DVDs, which are made of plastic.
Then there are the forests cut down to produce magazines to promote them, such as Vanity Fair. And what about the obesity issues caused by theater concession stands? Is the popcorn grown organically? Is the CO2 in the Coke machines harming the atmosphere?
I call on Leonardo DiCaprio to put his money where his mouth is. He’s made enough. It’s time to (a) quit the film industry and (b) call on studio executives to voluntarily cease production of all movies and television shows.
And if they won’t do it, perhaps it’s time for Sacramento to swing into action.
(Sorry, just taking Leo’s absurdity to its natural conclusion. Dissent, highest form of patriotism, etc. But wouldn’t you love a reporter to ask a celebrity why shouldn’t film production be severely curtailed out of concern for the environment?)