Indonesian government to Leonardo DiCaprio: Shut up or stay out

dicaprio instagramDiCaprio has been criticized for having a carbon footprint as big as Wall Street. Now it seems that DiCaprio may no longer be welcome in Indonesia after posting photos and diatribes online bemoaning the country’s environmental deforestation policies, outlets are reporting today. DiCaprio posted to Instagram a stream of posts condemning Indonesia’s use of rain forests to grow palm trees and his concern over species whose habitats may be threatened. A spokesperson for the Indonesian government said Saturday Leo could be blacklisted because of his online comments.

Last month, the 41-year-old Oscar-winning actor-cum-environmentalist visited the Indonesian island of Sumatra and then posted pictures on Instagram about how indigenous species are under threat. “The expansion of palm oil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migration corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water,” DiCaprio wrote.

“A world-class biodiversity hotspot, the #Indonesian Leuser Ecosystem is one of the most important areas of intact #rainforest left in Southeast Asia,” read his Instagram post. None of which went unnoticed by Indonesia’s government. Heru Santoso, a spokesperson for the Indonesian government, responded to the post by threatening to prevent the actor from visiting the Southeast Asian country again.

Speaking to the BBC, an Indonesian official revealed that Leo could be blacklisted from Indonesia as a result of his comments online. “In terms of [his] visa and immigration permit, Leonardo DiCaprio did not do anything wrong: He entered and left Indonesia legally,” said Heru Santoso, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s immigration department, speaking to the BBC. “But, we still investigate.”

Santoso told the AP, “We support his concern to save the Leuser ecosystem. But we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media.” Indonesia is the largest producer and exporter of palm oil worldwide.

The Guardian is also reporting that Ronny Sompie, the immigration director-general told Indonesian newspaper Republika that DiCaprio’s tourist visa limited him to “excursions only,” and that he could be deported by making “statements that discredit the government and the interests of Indonesia.”

“If he is in Indonesia for other purposes, by engaging in activities that disrupt public order and harm the interests of Indonesia, immigration authorities are ready to deport him,” Sompie said. Except Leo has already left the country, but his pictures and inflammatory comments are available for the world to see.

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    Amber

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    Why is it some of the biggest hypocrites are the loud mouths for the scary global warming
    industry ? Multi houses , private jets , and a complete pig out life style with nothing better
    to do with their time but run around trying to be self important preachy ego maniacs .

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    JayPee

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    Amber,
    a very high percentage of the people who go into the entertainment industry are egomaniacs and even megalomaniacs.
    The only worse ” vocations ” are the broadcast religious charmers and politics.

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    . cc

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    [quote name=”JayPee”]The only worse ” vocations ” are the broadcast religious charmers and politics.[/quote]

    Hard to distinguish the H-wood poseur scientists from religious-charmers and politicians, I’m edging toward H-wood being the nastiest of the bunch.

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    Edmonton Al

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    Please correct the typo above.

    Seem not deem ;^D

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    Edmonton Al

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    Isn’t Cruz’s father a religious charmer?
    Now son Ted becomes a political charmer.
    Old film clips show him as a “show-biz” person.
    These egoists all seem to have an insecurity problem.
    “Look-at-me” “Look-at-me” “Aren’t I great?”

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    Gerry Ennis

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    On a recent talk show, I heard a caller relate a story where during the filming of “The Revenant” a couple of local aborigial guys working on the movie were chatting with Leo during some down time. Apparently, they told him that the Chinook they were enjoying was something they had only recently ever seen.
    When Leo got up to get back into the shoot, there were high fives all around and cheers of “we really punked him that time”.

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    Amber

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    They shouldn’t try and confuse a star actor .
    The movie could have used Chinook helicopters to fly in the gear , crew and actors in .
    Who got punked ?

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    Me

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    [quote name=”Amber”]They shouldn’t try and confuse a star actor .
    The movie could have used Chinook helicopters to fly in the gear , crew and actors in .
    Who got punked ?[/quote]

    I said I was done here but I guess I couldn’t help it for this one time. Amber If you are defending that moron then you are exactly like most. They shouldn’t try to confuse an actor? What the hell is that crap. That guy was confused since day one and all he knows is to play pretend! They say men have beer glasses, women don’t need any such thing. A pretty face and a half ass body and lots of$$$$$$$$$$$$, and notin that order but mostly the $$$$$$$$$$$!

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    Amber

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    It’s called sarcasm Me . Do I sound like
    anyone who would defend anyone in the earth has a fever cult ?

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