Leonardo DiCaprio May Be Banned From Indonesia (PHOTOS)
Leonardo DiCaprio may be banned from Indonesia for criticizing the destruction of the country’s rainforests in favor of palm oil plantations. See photos below.
Earlier this week, DiCaprio posted an Instagram photo he took with a group of natives holding a sign that called for the ecosystem to be saved (see right and below). The actor wrote in the caption, “A world-class biodiversity hotspot, the #Indonesian Leuser Ecosystem is one of the most important areas of intact #rainforest left in Southeast Asia. Its forests are home to the densest remaining populations of the critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan.”
“But Palm Oil expansion is destroying this unique place,” he continued. “Now is the time to save the Leuser Ecosystem. We must develop a permanent solution to protect and restore this valuable natural asset.” DiCaprio encouraged his followers to “stand up and #SaveLeuserEcosystem” by donating to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.
He further wrote about the issue in another post, and also explained how animals like elephants were being affected, too. “The expansion of Palm Oil plantations is fragmenting the #forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors, making it more difficult for elephant families to find adequate sources of food and water,” wrote the movie star. “The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is supporting local partners to establish a mega-fauna sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem, last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants coexist in the wild.” He directed fans to Yayasan HAkA, which focuses on the “protection, conservation and restoration” of the ecosystem.
But now the Indonesian government is threatening to ban DiCaprio, who had spent a day at Mount Leuser National Park in Sumatra last week, for his remarks. “We support his concern to save the Leuser ecosystem,” Heru Santoso, the spokesman for the Directorate General for Immigration at the Law and Human Rights Ministry tells the Associated Press. “But we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media.”
Santoso accused DiCaprio of trying to harm the government, and said that palm oil industry companies have the right to request he be prohibited from returning. No such calls have come in yet, but an immigration issue could arise if the Oscar winner wants to reenter the country in the future. Gossip Cop reached out to DiCaprio’s rep for comment, but did not hear back. See his controversial Instagram posts below.