Leonardo DiCaprio seems to care a lot about the environment. The Academy Award winning actor is supposed to open an eco resort on a private island.
Speaking up about his environment-friendly views might get him banned from a country- for life.
According to the AP, “DiCaprio may be banned from returning to Indonesia over his criticisms that palm oil plantations are destroying the country’s rainforests and endangering wildlife“.
DiCaprio visited Mount Leuser National Park for one day and added photos to Instagram. He wrote “The expansion of palm oil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migration corridors,”… “A world-class biodiversity hotspot, but palm oil expansion is destroying this unique place.”
The country feels that the actor visited to stir up some trouble. A government spokesman said “we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media“.
So much for freedom of speech… The government spokesman, Santoso said that companies and organizations that don’t agree with DiCaprio’s comments can request that he be banned from reentering the country in the future.
At least the Indonesian government isn’t threatening to throw DiCaprio in jail if he returns and voices his own opinion. If this kind of thing took place in the UAE, it’s possible that he would be arrested and fined!
Find out more from The AP here.