Leo DiCaprio picked up a Clinton Global Citizen Award for his philanthropy


Here are some photos from last night’s 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards in NYC. Leonardo DiCaprio took home a big prize for his environmental work, but I’m also including pics of Bill Clinton, a very pregnant Chelsea Clinton, Idris Elba, Uma Thurman, and Sting and Trudie Styler. I always forget that Clinton organizes his annual Clinton Global Initiative around the opening of the United Nations’ fall session. Clinton wants international figures in business, politics and the arts to mingle at CGI. As for Leo, he was recognized for “his philanthropic efforts on protecting and preserving the planet.” He used his speech to warn of “a real and terrifying crisis.”

“Climate change is compromising the very livability of our planet,” the actor, sporting a long, scraggly beard and long hair pulled back into a bun, said as he accepted the Clinton Global Citizen Award for philanthropy.

After explaining, “less than three percent of all philanthropic giving goes toward protecting and preserving our environment,” a statistic he called “ridiculous,” with even less going towards protecting the world’s oceans, DiCaprio urged the audience of global leaders and philanthropists, “to put environmental issues at the forefront of the human agenda. Together we can find ways to scale up funding and create intelligent partnerships. By protecting our oceans and our wildlands we allow species to recover, local communities to thrive and ultimately maintain a stable climate for all life on earth,” he said.

The actor, who earlier in the day participated in the People’s Climate Change march and is set to open the UN Climate Summit, added, “the world is now at a turning point and climate change is the defining issue of our time…The task before us to protect this planet will require the largest movement in human history. It will have to cross all cultural, religious and political boundaries. But the good news is the solutions are ready and with leaders like the ones in this room who do not shrink in the face of crisis. They can rise, they can inspire and they can contribute. And that truly is the best hope of planet earth.”

[From THR]

I love that his man-bun got a shout-out in THR’s reporting. Leo has been doing environmental activism for so many years, and I do believe his heart is in the right place. I do think it’s a little bit weird that Leo is suddenly getting major philanthropic awards for his activism this year, but then again… climate change and the environment are in the news a lot these days. Yesterday, thousands of people marched in London, New York and other cities in one of the largest multi-city Climate March. Leo was there, marching, just hours before he picked up this award.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Jh says:

    Ummm, why am I so attracted to this bearded, slightly puffy Leo? I would so hard.

    • DavidBowie says:

      Slightly puffy?

    • MoochieMomo says:

      I’d hate F it. It would be dirty and hot and I’d never tell a soul. Wouldn’t care if I got off. I’d bang it. I’d laugh about it later, like in my nursing home.

      • Steph says:

        I take my hat off girls, to your strong stomachs and since you’re willing to take one for the team in this case, godspeed ladies. Godspeed. (I wouldn’t do it for practice.)

    • MoochieMom says:

      I would if he couldn’t touch me.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Ahahaha, love this whole sequence of naughty Leo fantasies. He IS awfully puffy though. And dissolute looking. He’s turning into Brando, and not in the good way – I mean he’s turning into the Tahiti Brando who waddled and screamed and shot guns in the air.

        Okay, I’ll have a go, too, as long as Leo never knows my name or contact info. I can always say a few Hail Marys and make a good Act of Contrition afterwards. And rinse with vinegar. I wonder if he makes any sounds during the actual act. I’m thinking, just looking at his bloaty face, that what he says at his special moment is, “ERG.”

  2. Thnuggaboo says:

    OMG…..I had to look twice at that pic…,I thought it was Orson Welles……

  3. Rae says:

    I don’t want this interpreted as being snarky. I really would just like someone who knows more about this than I do to educate me… Can anyone tell me how much fuel the private yachts he seems to always be on burn?

  4. Meme says:

    Did he fly there in his private jet or pull I on his mega yacht? Leo’s carbon footprint is enormous.

    • Nicolette says:

      This!! And have you seen the mountains of garbage left behind by this march in the city? From coffee cups to styrofoam food plates. Ah the hypocrisy, do as I say not as I do.

      • Sofia says:

        Yes and yes! How can someone get way with lifestyle that’s not environment friendly and get this praise at the same time? I just can’t get it! How can he say anything to others when he, who certainly has many choices in life, doesn’t lead a life that supports what he beliefs about the environment and the changes that need to be made. And I wonder in what kind of companies he has money invested too. He doesn’t have to be a saint, but less hypocrisy would certainly help the cause…

      • Meme says:

        Yes. Why can’t they pick up after themselves instead of leaving trash everywhere? The hypocrisy annoys me no end.

      • Steph says:

        and it’s not like any of the supermodels he’s banged have any biodegradable parts either.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Oh yes!

  5. littlemissnaughty says:

    As long as Prince William flies coach while Mr. ManBun flies private and spends his summers on various yachts (preserving everything around him, I assume), I’m not listening to him. I can walk around all day telling people to get involved in politics because if we don’t, nothing will change. You think anyone listens to me unless I DO something myself??? His speech is mostly hot air as well. His heart might be in the right place, it’s absolutely possible. But his furry butt can mostly be seen polluting the air.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I don’t know…I have two purebred cats but I spend a decent amount of money every year donating to local shelters. I suppose someone could accuse me of being a hypocrite, but really it’s just my way of helping out with a cause I care deeply about, since I didn’t rescue a kitty myself.

      There are people that don’t use yachts but also don’t donate to charities that benefit the environment, so even though they’re not contributing to the problem, they’re not directly trying to change it either.
      ….I guess I’m in the “well at least he’s doing something to offset the damage” camp.

      And lol @ furry butt. He is looking really….furry.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        If he were selling it as “Listen you guys, I like to pack my VS catalogue and f*ck off to France for the summer. My carbon footprint is substantial but hey, I try to make up for it by donating money.”, I’d have no problem. But that’s not what he’s doing. His mouth says “Save the planet!” but then this http://www.celebitchy.com/377222/leo_dicaprio_shows_off_his_vacation_weight_gain_in_miami_would_you_hit_it/ says “Whatever.”

        You chose two purebred cats but I doubt you’re letting them make 100 kittens and then kick them out on the street or cart them off to a shelter. You’re not contributing to the problem AND you’re donating to a shelter. I see no problem with that although I’m sure hardcore animal lovers will have a sh*t fit. They also can’t deal with the fact that I don’t eat meat because I simply don’t like it. I HAVE to consider the animal cruelty. Why? I don’t eat meat, leave me alone.

        My personal view? If you contribute to a problem and then turn around to try and fix it with money, don’t act like you’re trying to save the planet. You will look like the world’s douchiest activist. Don’t tell me to recycle while refusing to change your lifestyle.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Fair enough, Littlemissnaughty, I see your point.

    • Kiddo says:

      @littlemissnaughty, I agree. You have to lead by example. Having and using a private jet is such an extreme example contrary to the principles.

      O’Kitt, you are not the spokesperson for a shelter.
      Further, is it better to make no movement, causing no harm, or is it better to make movement and cause a lot of harm? Philosophical question of the ages.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        “O’Kitt, you are not the spokesperson for a shelter.”

        I suppose not, but I’m running in a race that benefits a local cat shelter and raising funds to help that shelter (I’m almost at $300) and in a sense, I am representing that shelter to my donors. I’m running for them, and I’m asking for money to benefit them.

        “Further, is it better to make no movement, causing no harm, or is it better to make movement and cause a lot of harm?”

        His yacht alone is not destroying the environment though. It’s the cumulative effect of many yachts, many private jets, many cars, many 747s, etc that’s causing the destruction.

        That being said, I do agree with that he should lead by example.

      • Kiddo says:

        There are many planes, but lots of people fly with lots of other people on those planes, they don’t all fly alone and separately. People have to travel and get things done and there are limits in this country on mass transportation. But because you need to get somewhere, doesn’t mean you should go out and travel in a diesel tour bus, all by your lonesome and yes, that is worse than traveling in a bus with lots of people having to get to the same place.

        Raising money for a shelter keeps the animals alive and pays for spaying and neutering. Would it have been better if you adopted from the shelter, as far as those animals are concerned? Of course it would have been. But if you are not breeding your cats, at least it is the end of perpetuating an abundant population.

        I don’t know where Leo’s money is going to and what it accomplishes; clean-up or salaries? Throwing money and talking about the environment along with an extra $5 might get you a Starbucks coffee, but I don’t know what else. Taking one unnecessary heavy duty polluter out of the sky does much more good.

  6. Chibichichai says:

    I read the title as philandering and not philanthropy. Took me a sec to realize I read it wrong.

  7. Hissyfit says:

    He’s a hypocrite and he looks like he stinks even when he’s all glammed up but at least he is raising funds and donating money where it is needed so good for him.

  8. Emily says:

    He looks like Rasputin.

    • FingerBinger says:

      That’s who is supposed to be playing in an upcoming movie. I guess that’s what this look is for.

      • Petrichor says:

        I sure hope so, because otherwise his look is just awful. My first thought was that he couldn’t even clean up to receive his award? Shave & a haircut, Leo. Shave & a haircut.

  9. Longhorn says:

    Why does he look like a magician?

  10. Serenity says:

    Picking up all the awards. Except an Oscar, that is.

  11. Girl says:

    This KING!

  12. maddelina says:

    So I guess it’s better he does NOTHING because then he’s not a hypocrite?

    • Kiddo says:

      It would be better if he did something to not be a hypocrite.

      • Sofia says:

        He can have a foundation and give money (not sure how it is spent though), but that doesn’t excuse him of leading by example. He values his comfort more than his environmental consciousness. It’s like thinking about how our consumerism behavior is indeed affecting the planet but then he is getting money to be the spokesperson of brands and appear in ads. This may seem very radical, but you have to be if you really want to lead by example and make people pay attention and respect the one who is preaching awareness.

  13. Steph says:

    He looks like bloated toxic waste..ick! Perhaps he should clean himself up first before tackling the world. My girlfriend who lives in NY said these green people certainly generated lots of waste.