On the environment? Do as I say, not as I do.

H/T to Instapundit.

Jeff Bercovici at Radar Online analyzes the “Green Fakers” and “why eco-hypocrisy matters”. 

Here’s an excerpt of Bercovici’s article:

Over the past couple years, as global warming has become the fashionable cause among the bien-pensant class, this scenario has played out with increasing frequency on blogs, in gossip columns, and on cable TV shoutfests. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, Barbra Streisand, John Edwards, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Laurie David, Jann Wenner, and even Al Gore himself have all taken turns being accused, with varying degrees of justification, of failing to match word to deed.

That’s not surprising; anyone’s life, placed under a microscope, is bound to yield embarrassments. What is surprising is the way celebrities react to such charges: sometimes by ignoring them outright, sometimes by spouting lame self-justifications, but rarely, if ever, by acknowledging the disconnect and vowing to lead a humbler, cleaner, more sustainable existence. It’s as though they believe their well-intentioned words are the equivalent of carbon offsets (though, to be sure, many of them are buying the real thing as well).

Take Laurie David, soon-to-be-ex-wife of Seinfeld co-creator Larry, and producer of An Inconvenient Truth and other save-the-earth extravaganzas. Though she boasts about using recycled toilet paper and compact fluorescent lightbulbs, David has been pilloried for, among other excesses, flying on private jets. Here’s what she has said in defense of her travel habits: “I’m not perfect. This is not about perfection. I don’t expect anybody else to be perfect either. That’s what hurts the environmental movement—holding people to a standard they cannot meet.”

Apparently, when you’re worth a few hundred million dollars, being asked to refrain from the most carbon-intensive indulgence known to man qualifies as “holding people to a standard they cannot meet.” Note, too, her use of emotional jujitsu: the ones who are really hurting the environment are the ones who are so impolite as to point out her bad behavior.   read more…

Reactions are mixed in the readers’ comments.  But, the whole article is worth a good read, including the embedded links.

In a nutshell, if you are going to talk the talk, you need to be ready to walk the walk, period.  That includes Barbara Streisand, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., John Edwards, Laurie David, Jann Wenner, et al, as one commenter to Jeff’s article states…

“…It’s exasperating to hear someone urge us to ration while they glut. I do care because I actually believe in the cause. The message being sent to me by the hypocritical action of a lot of these celebrities is that the cause isn’t that big of a deal. Because if they genuinely thought it was a big deal, and if they genuinely thought an individual could make a difference, they’d be behaving a whole lot differently.”

So, until Hollyweird is ready to puts its money where it mouth is, drop it.  Or, to borrow from Laura Ingraham, for the likes of Streisand, “Shut Up & Sing.”



One Response to “On the environment? Do as I say, not as I do.”

  1. Jenn Sierra Says:

    Great blog! We saw you on GOPHub, and are adding you to the Ft. Hard Knox blogroll.

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