Unless you are in an isolated island you are well aware that the Amazon Rainforest is burning. Environmentalists worldwide have shared multiple posts on their social media handles, explaining how serious the matter is.
Indian celebrities, never lag behind an international trend! They started tweeting instantly about the forest fires. And while doing so, they posted either old pictures or those taken from other parts of the world. Their tweets too, nothing original, they cut-n-paste from other’s tweets! Almost identical — “Deeply disturbing news...” “My heart is breaking...” “so heartbreaking...” are some of the tweets!
Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has also been sharing images and posts on Instagram and Twitter to raise awareness of the fires and telling people on what they can do to help. Unfortunately, one of the many images DiCaprio shared was published in February 2018 and is not of the current Amazon fire.
The pictures used by celebrities Alia Bhatt, Disha Patani, Dia Mirza, and Hansika are all from years ago and of a completely different but similar ecological disasters. Some pictures doing the rounds on the internet are for representation purposes and they don’t have factual merit.
Anu Priya, social media professional comments, “Most of the people here are joining the bandwagon without even verifying images and posting photos that may or may not be of the Amazon forest. A lot of people are posting California fire pictures. These celebrities have some social responsibilities because they have a million followers. So, before posting they need to verify such things.”
Ironically, while the celebs are quick to post their support/views on matters like this that’s happening in another part of the world, they remain mum or incommunicado when they are asked to comment on issues affecting India, especially is it’s not complimentary to the ruling government or if it will in someway affect their position. They love being selective influencers!...