I will confess that there are few people in the world who are at Leonardo DiCaprio’s level. He is phenomenal at his craft. There is no part, thus far, that he has not nailed. He can play anyone. And maybe this makes him a fairly dangerous man.
As I reported, DiCaprio is globetrotting promoting latest environmental propaganda film. He just recently gave a special viewing to the president. And besides the fact that DiCaprio leaves large carbon footprints than Mid-Western states, there is also a question of ethics.
A charity focused on rainforest preservation has called on actor and environmental advocate Leonardo DiCaprio to step down from his role as a UN Messenger of Peace for climate change due to his own charity’s reported connection to a $3 billion Malaysian embezzlement scheme.
The Bruno Manser Funds — which in August urged the actor and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to return what it called “stolen money” — repeated its demand at a press conference in London on Friday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The claim is being made that the money used to make DiCaprio’s film, Wolf of Wall Street, was taken from the fund. It is also reporting that items auctioned that benefitted DiCaprio’s charity were purchased with money stolen from the fund.
And this is not news to DiCaprio, as his charity was alerted a month ago by the Malaysian government.
The actor’s charity has faced increasing pressure to return what some have called its “ill-gotten” donations. In an open letter to the charity last month, Malaysian attorney and civil rights advocate Ambiga Sreenevasan expressed “shock” and “embarrassment” to learn that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was, as she put it, “connected with the heist of the decade that has undermined the [Malaysian] people in so many ways.”
It is not a big step from hypocrite to thief. He is a thief, because even if he was not involved in the theft, he now knows and has not returned the money.