Jamie Oliver has threatened to quit Britain if Boris Johnson is made PM after David Cameron. Whenever I hear a celebrity making a public stand against a cause I am pretty sure that I can completely dismiss at as nothing more than an opportunity to self promote. Perhaps Jamie Oliver wants to make sure his continental sauces and spice rack won’t suffer if European consumers want to pay Britain back at the supermarket. I look forward to him leaving from the GBP10m home he has recently bought. I’m sure he’ll flee to the Tuscan hills for a few months and return when it has all blown over.
Russell Brand, the potty mouthed comedian, said he’d move to Syria if someone bought him a first class ticket. A crowd funding effort raised the cash and he is still in the UK.
We see it so often in when celebrities bang on about climate change. It is a cause where there is a lot of ‘debate’ and spotlight so what better way to promote their own individual popularity than acting as advocates. How it is not reflected in their actions. Leo DiCaprio, Bono and Will.I.Am are three great examples.
I remember Leonardo DiCaprio made his entire Oscar speech about the importance of climate change. he is a fine actor to be sure. Yet, he is an hypocrite. He flies by private jet pretty much everywhere. I don’t begrudge that he has the means to afford private jets and limousine pick ups. However if he is so worried about the dangers of climate change, as he made clear in his UN speech (“all that I have seen on my journey [looking at climate change] have absolutely terrified me” can he really be that worried?
Bono of U2 is also a major climate alarmist and hypocrite too. The 360 Degrees tour had a daily running cost of $850,000 arriving on six 747 jets and U2’s production manager Jake Berry bragged, “The Rolling Stones ran 46 trucks. We are running 55. This is the biggest.” Once again I don’t begrudge U2’s success, only that they shut up about telling people how they should save the planet, presumably on his behalf.
Former Black Eyed Peas member Will.I.Am attended a climate change debate in Oxford in his own helicopter which is not unlike that President Obama uses. Will.I.Am said at the conference, “Climate change should be the thing that we are all worried and concerned about as humans on this planet, how we affect the planet, our consumption, and how we treat the place that we live in.”
So now that Jamie Oliver is espousing to leave Britain should BoJo get appointed Prime Minister I guess we should hold him to his word. The history of hypocritical celebrities is long and never ending. Once again it highlights just how much celebrities truly believe in the causes they fight for except one – their own popularity.