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About 200 pampered, multi-millionaire celebrities who live behind walled, luxury mansions claim that it is “unthinkable” for the world return to normal after the COVID-19 lockdown ends and instead what’s needed is a radical transformation to avoid an “ecological disaster.”
The list of those who signed an open letter “solemnly” demanding that leaders and citizens implement radical change include Trump haters Madonna and Robert de Niro and many other luminaries who undoubtedly have a massive carbon footprint as compared to the average, day-to-day person.
It should come as no surprise that the virtue-signaling letter authored by actress Juliette Binoche and astrophysicist Aurelian Barrau published by Le Monde in France seems to make a connection between the coronavirus and climate change, the latter being a major aspect of celebrity helicopter activism.
Describing the pandemic as a tragedy, the word-salad contained in the letter asserts that the emergency brought about a reassessment that the world actually needs a “profound overhaul of our goals, values, and economies,’ with consumerism and productivity as the systemic main culprits.
“The ongoing ecological catastrophe is a meta-crisis: the massive extinction of life on Earth is no longer in doubt, and all indicators point to a direct existential threat. Unlike a pandemic, however severe, a global ecological collapse will have immeasurable consequences…
“The pursuit of consumerism and an obsession with productivity have led us to deny the value of life itself: that of plants, that of animals, and that of a great number of human beings. Pollution, climate change, and the destruction of our remaining natural zones has brought the world to a breaking point.
“For these reasons, along with the urgency of renewing with a politics of social equity, we believe it is unthinkable to « go back to normal ». The radical transformation we need – at all levels – demands boldness and courage. It will not take place without a massive and determined commitment. We must act now. It is as much a matter of survival as of dignity and coherence.”
While consumerism can be excessive, none of the attention-seeking, cash-flow-positive signatories have made or will likely make any substantial changes in their lifestyle, and continue, for example, to fly around the world by private jet and leave the lights on throughout their vast compounds.
Nor do they have to worry about the arrival of their stimulus check to help cover the mortgage or the grocery bill or be concerned when they can go back to work as soon as shelter-at-home orders expire.
In March, fading pop diva Madonna — who ironically made a fortune with the “Material Girl” hit, recently took the Instagram to bizarrely proclaim that the coronavirus was “the great equalizer” as she sat in a milky bath with rose petals.
Most of those wealthy individuals who put their signature on the open letter epitomize the bubble-dwelling limousine liberal (or what’s known as a champagne socialist in Europe) who have insulated themselves from the policies they espouse for everyone else.
Fox News commentator Kat Timp addressed the hypocrisy in the celebs’ call for radical change.
“Now, to be clear, I’m not attacking them for their success – or even for them enjoying it with lavish lifestyles. What I am saying, however, is that I can’t help but be irked by the unconscionable lack of awareness you’d have to have in order to sign something like this while you’re sitting in an extravagant home surrounded by servants.
“After all, if any of the super-wealthy people who signed this letter had any real interest in stopping the ‘pursuit of consumerism,’ they would certainly have started with taking a look at their own habits in that area…
“Madonna, for example, is actually totally free to sell her multimillion-dollar mansion in Lisbon and give all of the cash to Greenpeace if she wanted to. No one is stopping her – and actually, with a net worth that Forbes estimated at $570 million in 2019, she could probably part with a lot of her assets and still live far more comfortably than the vast, vast majority of us could ever even imagine. I’m not singling out Madonna, either – because there were a lot of people on that list who probably haven’t exactly had to resort to eating boxed macaroni and cheese in a while.
“If you’re rich and you’re famous, go ahead and live like you are. You’ve earned it! But please at least respect the rest of us enough to not pretend that you’re devoted to minimalist living – after all, if you really were, you would start by trying it yourself.”
The letter from the rich and famous also raises the question of whether conventional doom-and-gloom global warming projections have the same level of accuracy as the original COVID-19 modeling.
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