After the actor called on Brazilians to vote for candidates in favor of climate change, the Brazilian president told Leonardo DiCaprio to “keep his mouth shut.”


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Brazilian President Jail Borsonaro (left) and actor Leonardo DiCaprio (right).Via Taylor Hill / Film Magic / Andressa Anholete, Getty Images

  • Leonardo DiCaprio urged Brazilians to vote for a “healthy planet” in the upcoming elections.

  • In response, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told the actor to “keep his mouth shut.”

  • Bolsonaro, running for reelection, faces criticism of environmental policy.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told Leonardo DiCaprio on Tuesday to “keep his mouth shut” after a Hollywood actor called on Brazilians to vote for climate change candidates.

Bolsonaro, running for reelection in October, commented during a speech to his supporters in front of his official residence in Brasília, CNN reported.

“Now DiCaprio must know that it is the very president of the World Trade Organization that said the world would be hungry without Brazil’s agribusiness,” Bolsonaro said, according to CNN. rice field.

“So DiCaprio should close his mouth rather than talk nonsense,” he added.

His remarks come after DiCaprio, who is also a frank environmental activist, encouraged voter registration among young Brazilians in his several posts. Official Twitter account — Some of them were written in Portuguese.

“Brazil has an Amazon and other ecosystems that are essential to climate change.” He wrote last week. “What happens there is important to all of us, and youth voting is important in driving healthy global change.”

Since taking office in 2019, Bolsonaro has been Faced with widespread criticism Because of his environmental policy.

Last year, a group of climate lawyers called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Bolsonaro’s actions in the Amazon. Reuters reported.

In their dissatisfaction, they accused the far-right leader of “fueling the massive destruction of Amazon with wide open eyes and full knowledge of the consequences,” Reuters said. Said.

Brazil set a new record for deforestation earlier this year after government satellite data revealed that the number of trees logged in the Amazon in January far exceeded the deforestation of the same month last year. Established. The BBC reported.

This is not the first time Bolsonaro has publicly accused DiCaprio.

In 2019 he Blame the actor He funded a non-profit organization he said was the cause of the fire in Amazon. He did not provide evidence of this claim.

The election in Brazil, where everyone between the ages of 18 and 70 is required to vote, will take place on October 2.

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