The Green Oscars: A high-fashion nightmare!

Living high-flying lives of hypocrisy, while telling the rest of us how we should live

Guest post by Duggan Flanakin,

The Green Oscars are coming! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards show – the Academy Awards – has become a platform for virtue signaling on “climate change.” Big Hollywood stars often fly in on private jets, arrive in gas-guzzling limos and, when they win, use their platform to lecture us on how we must behave.

It’s funny how Hollywood also ignores a decade-old University of California study that found filmmaking in the Los Angeles area was making a larger contribution to air pollution than any major industry other than fuel refining, relative to size of the endeavor. That study noted that emissions from the movie industry do not end even after the cameras stop rolling – especially for big-budget productions where journalists, stars and publicists fly around the world as part of promotion.

Movies were more environmentally toxic than aerospace manufacturing, the hotel industry, and even fashion (clothing) – for which the movie industry, and especially its awards shows, is a major promoter.

As Apparel Search reports, the Oscars are one of the fashion industry’s biggest events of the year. Yet fashion is now deemed a dirty business and, even at the gaudiest of Hollywood hustles, the Grinches are running rampant.

“Certainly,” Apparel Search declares, “we have interest in learning who will win the awards. However, our hearts are beating faster because we are anxious to see what the stars will be wearing.” The self-proclaimed “portal to the world of style” admits that, “Yes, the event is intended for movie stars and Hollywood hot shots. But, in our opinion, FASHION is the name of the game.”

There’s just one problem. As Alden Wicker bemoaned back in 2017, “The global fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world.” In short, superstar support for climate change and other Green causes and the high-polluting, sweatshop-dependent fashion industry would seem to blend together as well as oil and water.

Wicker was quoting clothing industry magnate Eileen Fisher, who while accepting an award in 2015 from Riverkeeper for her commitment to environmental causes, had admitted: “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil. It’s a really nasty business … it’s a mess.”

This year’s Oscars will feature male superstars Joaquin Phoenix, Leonardo Di Caprio, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Brad Pitt, among others – and female divas including Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron and Laura Dern – all of whom profess to be champions of the environment as well as “fashion plates.” (Lesser known nominees get little Green attention.)

Variety reported recently that Banderas and Phoenix were among the actors who signed on to join forces with the United Nations Environment Programme’s “The World Is in Our Hands” campaign. The stars pledged to deliver messages describing how they personally plan to address the “climate crisis” and reduce their carbon (and carbon dioxide) footprints – whether it’s traveling more sustainably, saving energy, or eating less meat – which often is only a ruse. Just ask Harrison Ford.

Phoenix, of course, was recently arrested at Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Friday climate change protest in Washington, DC. And Pitt recently warned us, “There IS no future!” in a “comedy” sketch about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris agreement on climate change.

Johansson, who along with Theron is noted for her high-fashion photos, way back in 2010 signed an open letter as an Oxfam Global Ambassador to “call on international negotiators to protect the world’s poor from climate catastrophe.” Theron has expressed her fears that a bleak future awaits the planet unless global warming is addressed. Typical Hollywood – protect the poor from mostly exaggerated, if not outright fabricated, climate changes but do nothing to end the energy poverty that keeps them impoverished, diseased, malnourished, jobless and likely to die very young.

Di Caprio, perhaps the head honcho of the celebrity climate change crowd, was lauded at the time by environmental groups for flying occasionally on commercial airlines rather than by the private jets he so much prefers. But more recently, despite co-producing and acting in the climate change documentary Before the Flood, Di Caprio has been properly condemned for his frequent use of those private jets.

Best Supporting Actor nominee Jonathan Pryce was one of over 100 celebrities who signed Extinction Rebellion’s open letter to the media, which included the ominous statement that, “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

While unable to confirm Fisher’s assertion that only the oil industry is a worse polluter than fashion, Glynis Sweeny did tell Ecowatch in 2015 that “what is certain is that the fashion carbon footprint is tremendous.” Sweeny listed the pesticides used in cotton farming, toxic dyes used in manufacturing, the massive waste from discarded clothing, and especially “the extravagant amount of natural resources used in extraction, farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and shipping.”

It takes 5,000 gallons of water, Sweeny noted, to grow enough organic cotton to manufacture a single T-shirt or pair of jeans. Worse, globalization means that shirts and jeans likely traveled halfway around the world in a container ship fueled by “the dirtiest of fossil fuels.” Even worse, organic farmers have been found to use toxic pesticides on a regular basis.

And don’t forget: oil and gas are the feed stocks for synthetic fibers – while coal and natural gas (and nuclear power, which most Hollywood stars also detest) generate most of the electricity that makes clothing factories, movie studios and fashion shows possible.

All the hullabaloo about fashion as evil has impacted Hollywood’s fanciest. Fashion writer Faran Krentcil wrote last February of a fashion phobia that started in 2014, when the social media campaign #askhermore (created by the wife of current California Governor Gavin Newsom) virtue-shamed the very idea that actresses should celebrate their expensive gowns.

According to one red-carpet reporter, Krentcil shared, “We’re nervous if we bring up clothes.” Networks, she asserted, were shying away from style questions in favor of asking the stars about their activism.

But fashion, Krentcil argued, “isn’t a shameful or stupid topic. In fact, it creates art – and jobs – for millions of Americans.” The style sector, she concluded, is one of the biggest employers in America, putting over $250 billion back into our economy. And the Oscars’ red carpet is itself a million-dollar enterprise. So are the movies that have made these superstars super rich.

Perhaps the overemphasis on activism and the downplaying of fashion can be blamed for declining Oscars viewership, which Fortune reported reached an all-time low in 2018. The Nielsen ratings that year were down 20% from 2017 alone (but were up slightly in 2019).

Not all Oscar nominees this year are hypocritical political ideologues. One-time Best Actor winner Anthony Hopkins, nominated at 81 as Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Two Popes,” admits he keeps his political opinions to himself. He once told activist actor Brad Pitt, “I don’t have any opinions. Actors are pretty stupid. My opinion is not worth anything.”

And that’s the way most of us regular folks like it.

Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org)

42 thoughts on “The Green Oscars: A high-fashion nightmare!

  1. If they were really concerned about reducing the use of fossil fuels then they would hold their show over the Internet and they would award only images of the trophies.

    • I have been following the comments on the Sailing La Vagabonde blog’s video
      ‘ Sailing GRETA THUNBERG Across the North Atlantic Ocean ‘
      https://youtu.be/frZI857axRs

      Boatloads of negative comments. There are much more people aware this is a hoax than we think. There still is hope.

      • The SJWs who like to sail to their conferences should take a warning from the tea clippers that were the fastest ships of their time, reaching speeds of up to 18 knots.
        In spite of their speed they still took about three months to sail from China to London.
        They needed a large crew, but I don’t think passengers would feel up to going up into the rigging to help.
        The two most famous clippers were Ariel and Taiping who shared the prize in the Great Tea Race in 1866. However both were lost within a few years, the Taiping wrecked and the Ariel disappeared with all hands, believed to have been pooped. (Look it up!)
        The only clipper existing Bowie the Cutty Sark, but I don’t think it available for hire or in a seaworthy condition.

          • Apparently you get pooped when a high following sea washes over the poop deck from astern and sinks you. I always worry about that in the motorboat when running fast and then coming to a stop, with a giant stern wake all ready to poop me…

  2. The Green Oscars Hollywood Stars live is an economic bubble and have bubbles for brains. They are self-obsessed, myopic and egotistic. They are scientifically ignorant and unaware of social problems outside their bubble. They are in fact parasites on Society and like other parasites suck the blood out of other people to enrich themselves. Why the general population regards them as a source of wisdom of any sort is beyond understanding.

    • They are dinosaurs on the road to extinction. link I hope they enjoy themselves while they can. Their business is horribly inefficient. Silicon valley via AI and CGI and Netflix is doing them in.

      I downloaded a not-terribly-successful low budget movie recently. Some of the CGI scenes were riveting.

      Who cares of an actor has been in her grave for a long time. She can act a new part via the magic of CGI.

      The image of Carrie Fisher can be copyrighted. What about an AI version that doesn’t look like her but can deliver its lines the same way?

    • Because most people would want to be just like them filthy rich with a big yacht and a big house and a big car.

    • Why the general population regards politicians or the press as a source of wisdom of any sort, same thing.

    • We can thank Public School Education for most of our ignorant sycophants. Dumb then down and sprinkle them with Star Dust.

  3. Ah yes, the Oscars. The point in the calendar where the luvvies, big up there fellow luvvies, for being luvvies. They then take time out of their bust jet setting lives, to tell all those looking in what devoted disciples they are to the cause of saving the planet, from over paid, over hyped jet setting nobodies like themselves.
    Can we consider renaming the Oscars the Hypocrites. That way it would help all who tune in to know, what they are watching.

  4. Unfortunately showbiz personality Mikey won’t be there as he is busy with the headphones-
    ”The songs of Peter Garrett and Midnight Oil I first enjoyed decades ago have taken on a whole new meaning for me now.”
    https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/01/07/michael-mann-australia-burning-dangerous-climate-change

    Well don’t you ever let a chance go by jet-setting with the family on hols and time to call out egregious deniers everywhere amidst getting lots of gigs and promos on Aunty-
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/dr-mann-calls-out-murdoch-media-egregious-climate-change-denial/11871296

  5. Someone with the knowledge should do a very public study into the carbon footprint left be the elites…and compare it to a regular person. A list of names beginning with Al Gore and Attenburough etc It could be made into posters and if I had a hundred I’d have em up all over the place and need more within a week.

  6. Can we conclude that those with disposable cash and time to procure and watch movies are good subjects for climate propaganda inoculation?

  7. Have you looked at the BBC “Arts and Entertainment” Web page today – absolutely full of the Oscars cr@p – not a word about the death of a worthy Italian opera singer, nor any words about the luvvies carbon footprints!

  8. “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil.”

    Really? I would wager that statement is just not true. Cement? Aluminum? Steel? Ocean transport?

    I will put a Benjamin on the under.

  9. “and fully functioning brain cells”? They have more than one between them? Sheesh, who knew? 😉 AtB

  10. To be fair, being a movie star means that you are buried in an avalanche of love and money, and you’d have to be unusually morally strong to emerge from that with a realistic sense of yourself as just another human being. Leonardo DiCaprio has been a bankable star since he was a teenager, and he’s now over forty. He can have very little understanding of the lives of ordinary people, so if he thinks that he is some sort of prophet to the world, well, that’s a delusion that was forced on him.

  11. Celluloid ecoWarriors should stop using botox for cosmetic enhancement. It’s production is quite elaborate & entails steps adding up to a significant carbon footprint.

    • Yes, it’s known as satin polyester (but don’t let the idiots know that it is made from fossil fuel).

  12. Quit watching the Oscars decades ago. And thankfully, according to the TV ratings, droves of other people quit watching it and most other awards shows. Anyone notice how Hollywood keeps shrinking in stature but growing in it’s verbose volume? I mean really? Who wants to listen to the likes of meat head, De Caprio, etc preach?

    • “Quit watching the Oscars decades ago.”

      All I ever see of the Oscars are highlights shown on Fox News. I have no interest in hearing actors political opinions. In fact, I have a definite interest in *not* hearing their political opinions because if their political opinions are too radical then I can’t suspend reality enough to enjoy a movie they appear in.

      I don’t watch Jackie Chan movies anymore because he disparged the United States, a nation that gave him everything, to endear himself to the Chinese, and so if I were to watch one of his movies today, I wouldn’t see the funny, entertaining character I used to see, instead I see a political activists that stabs his friends in the back when it suits him. So he’s not funny to me anymore.

      And he’s not the only one on my list of movie spoilers, and I bet I’m not alone. Actors would be smart to keep their politics to themselves. It would probably be better for their business.

      I saw they had Jane Fonda giving out the Best Picture award. I didn’t hear if she had anything to say about climate change because the video clip didn’t last long enough. I’m sure I didn’t miss much.

      • Jane Fonda. Famous or I should say infamous for the record of having her image on the greatest number of urinal targets ever used. She learned NOTHING in all of those years since the Vietnam war. Prof that age does not necessary correlate with wisdom and not all elders deserve respect.

    • Typical Climate Jugend manipulated since they were young. They would make Skeptics wear a yellow star on there clothing if they could.

  13. They don’t call ’em “Hollywood Royalty” for nothing. Like 18th century monarchs, they roll into town in their coaches & four, mince through crowds of adoring riffraff, lecture the peasants on what they MUST endure, then retreat to their palaces afterwards to gloat over their achievements.

    I don’t begrudge them their achievements, their palace views, or being better off than the peasants. It’s thinking they’re BETTER than the peasants — rather than just better off — that irks me.

    Anthony Hopkins appears to be the only major star in this article who is wise enough to know this.

  14. It’s kind of difficult to pitch the entire Global Warming thing, even in fabulous dress clothes on a glitzy stage, to people that are aware of what H.L Mencken warned us about:
    “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”

  15. “…Jonathan Pryce was one of over 100 celebrities who signed Extinction Rebellion’s open letter”

    Just so we understand what XR is about this is what one of the founders of XR Stuart Basden has to say:

    “And I’m here to say that XR isn’t about the climate. You see, the climate’s breakdown is a symptom of a toxic system that has infected the ways we relate to each other as humans and to all life…
    – The delusion of white-supremacy centres whiteness and the experience of white people, constructing and perpetuating the myth that white people and their lives are somehow inherently better and more valuable than people of colour.
    -The delusion of patriarchy centres the male experience, and excludes/hinders female assigned people from public life (reducing them to a possession or object for ownership or consumption). Patriarchy teaches dominating and competitive behaviours, and emphasises the idea that the world is a place of scarcity, separation and powerlessness.
    – The delusions of Eurocentrism include the notion that Europeans know what is best for the world.
    – The delusions of hetero-sexism/heteronormativity propagate the idea that heterosexuality is ‘normal’ and that other expressions of sexuality are deviant.
    – The delusions of class hierarchy uphold the theory that the rich elite are better/smarter/nobler than the rest of us, and make therefore better decisions.
    There are other delusions. These delusions have become ingrained in all of us, taught to us from a very young age…”

    • Anyone—and I do mean anyone—who uses the word “heteronormativity” has to be looked at askance.

  16. If these people honestly believe that climate change is the existential crisis they say it is, I don’t understand how they can morally participate in something as frivolous as an “entertainment industry” to begin with. If they had any integrity at all, they’d be demanding that their whole industry be shut down immediately.

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