Being a star is a tough job: no matter how much you work hard for a cause: one false step in these stifling times of political correctness and you’ll be hauled and roasted over the coals. Coals? Those dirty coals? We can already hear the green brigade shouting. Similar protests, we believe, also greeted Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio, no mean environmentalist himself, when he asked for a plastic straw at a green event in London.
Earlier at the event, Mr DiCaprio, who runs a dedicated foundation and an ecosite to boot, had talked at length about his green habits: he said that he was a big fan of recycling and saving the earth and he always preaches his near and dear ones about it. His organisation, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, actively fosters awareness about environmental issues. That’s not all: he serves as a board member of the International Fund For Animal Welfare.
So, is Mr DiCaprio guilty of being not doing what he is preaching? Granted, he did ask for a plastic straw, we think this is much ado about nothing. As everything else, political correctness too thrives on publicity and when it gets a popular star as its target, it has fulfilled its mission. In fact, the green brigade has a lot to thank Mr DiCaprio about. After all, a small item of news like his asking for a plastic straw will raise awareness about the issue a few hundred notches. Talk about strategic thinking!