Leonardo DiCaprio provided wrong information about the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia, says the nation’s environment and forestry minister Siti Nurbaya, as reported by BBC News. Nurbaya claims the Oscar-winning actor “lacked complete information” when he criticized the current Indonesian government for its environmental efforts.
Leonardo DiCaprio visited a protected Indonesian national park last month and took to social media to express his concerns about species whose habitats are threatened. In particular, the 41-year-old actor, who won his first ever Oscar a little more than a month ago, criticized the Indonesian government’s destruction of rainforests.
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But according to the environment and forestry minister, the government is actually “working hard” to protect the local environment. In fact, Nurbaya insisted the current government is fixing the problems of the past decade. The minister said it was “rather unfortunate” that Leonardo DiCaprio hadn’t done his homework about issues such as deforestation in the country with the population of nearly 250 million.
Nurbaya also insisted the Indonesian government was already seeing progress from prosecuting companies that break the nation’s environmental laws and had even created an inventory of areas that are at risk of deforestation.
However, not all of the country’s officials were so forgiving. Just last week, an Indonesian immigration official said Leonardo DiCaprio could be banned from entering the country. A spokesperson for Indonesia’s immigration and human rights ministry said that although they support the actor’s concerns to save the ecosystems, he could still be blacklisted.
“But we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media.”
Leonardo DiCaprio took to his social media accounts to criticize palm oil plantations for ruining Indonesia’s rainforests and endangering wildlife and expressed his concerns about species whose habitats are threatened.
“The expansion of palm oil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migration corridors.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio described the endangered area as “a world-class biodiversity hotspot,” insisting that palm oil companies are “destroying this unique place.”
In his interview with local newspaper Republika, Indonesian immigration director-general Ronny Sompie threatened that if the Leonardo DiCaprio keeps making statements that “discredit” the current government as well as the interests of Indonesia, he could be deported, according to BBC News. Sompie also added that DiCaprio’s tourist visa limited him to “excursions” only.
Nurbaya, meanwhile, added that she appreciated Leonardo DiCaprio’s efforts to help raise awareness about the issues regarding rainforests in Indonesia, and she believes that his comments had good intentions.
“My view is that DiCaprio’s concerns are both sincere and substantial, and he has certainly acted in good faith.”
As a result, People reports that Leonardo DiCaprio no longer faces the threat of being “blacklisted” from Indonesia.
In 2015, Leonardo DiCaprio made headlines by donating nearly $14 million to environmental organizations.
The Inquisitr previously reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was the victim of James Corden and Jennifer Lopez’s prank during “Carpool Karaoke” last week. For those who were wondering what happened next, it turns out that Leonardo DiCaprio has a sense of humor. The revelation was made by Jennifer Lopez after American Idol on Thursday, according to the Independent. In what is called one of the best Karaoke segments on James Corden’s show, the host texted the Oscar-winning actor from Lopez’s phone.
And it turns out Leonardo DiCaprio was “a great sport” about it, the “On the Floor” singer revealed last week. However, Lopez said that she had to explain everything to him.
“He was a great sport about it… I was like, ‘So hey, this is what had happened, I was with James Corden…'”
Jennifer Lopez on what Leonardo DiCaprio really thought of… https://t.co/K6HPYULpjS pic.twitter.com/nRCpWpspvs
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The singer also revealed she hadn’t spoken to Leonardo DiCaprio ever since the segment aired, but she added that he was cool about it at the time. She also said that Leo stated, “Do whatever you want, I don’t care.”
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