Wednesday on Twitter, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called out actor and environmentalist hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio for a recent tweet about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, telling him, “Give up your yacht before lecturing the world.”
DiCaprio posed the question to his 19.6 million Twitter followers: “How extensive is deforestation in Amazonia, one of the most important places on the planet for people & wildlife?
“According to this map from @mapbiomas, the region has faced an onslaught of illegal deforestation at the hands of extractive industry over the last 3 years,” DiCaprio wrote, sharing a graphic from Brazilian deforestation data collection company MapBiomas showing an increase from January 2019-2022.
“You again, Leo?” wrote Bolsonaro, who has 8.4 million Twitter followers. “This way, you will become my best electoral cable, as we say in Brazil! I could tell you, again, to give up your yacht before lecturing the world, but I know progressives: you want to change the entire world but never yourselves, so I will let you off the hook.”