Emma Thompson has joined Extinction Rebellion’s climate change protest and people don’t know how to feel about it.
Thompson is loved by many people for her acting career and it’s good to see a celebrity backing action on climate change.
But on the other hand, Extinction Rebellion isn't the most popular protest group.
Some people have warned that the group’s call for “ecological justice” and disruption tactics are going to turn off normal people.
And there’s also the fact that Thompson flew from LA to London for the protest, provoking critics to call her a hypocrite.
British actress, Emma Thompson, has called on the public to 'come and join' the #ExtinctionRebellion protest in Lon… https://t.co/Mwhcqf9SGo— Sky News (@Sky News) 1555654825
It would be better if she didn't have to fly across the Atlantic to attend the protest, but this thread explains why the “hypocrite” argument is a bit silly.
Emma Thompson has been apparently accused of hypocrisy for taking overnight flight to join the… https://t.co/qhyhhBIrUV— 3rd Rock: Rebellion (@3rd Rock: Rebellion) 1555661138
People all over the world contribute to climate change every day and one flight is not a particularly major cause of pollution.
At the very least, she is doing something to raise awareness of the issue.
This is especially important when so many of her critics aren't going to suggest any serious action to stop climate change.
Aren’t going 2 do a damn thing 2 save the planet. They’re going 2 sit on their backsides & shout at the tv every… https://t.co/cuqa3rhllo— 3rd Rock: Rebellion (@3rd Rock: Rebellion) 1555661530
Negative responses to Thompson’s decision to join Extinction Rebellion generally focused on her alleged hypocrisy.
She probably takes more flights a year, than I will in several years. Typical lefty lovie hypocrite. Emma Thomps… https://t.co/FxcsEgGFhd— Paul McGee (@Paul McGee) 1555606803
How hypocritical is #EmmaThompson at #climatechangeprotest having flown from LA and such a regular in the skies eve… https://t.co/lkG27xMjLH— Craig 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 🏳️🌈 (@Craig 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 🏳️🌈) 1555654744
Emma Thompson joins Extinction Rebellion climate change protest. She flew in from L. A last night and landed at Hea… https://t.co/SkPJ2HvBkX— Andrew (@Andrew) 1555656692
Or just attacked her for being privileged and “out-of-touch”.
I bet it wasn’t by coach class either https://t.co/lsRLJrbzyf— Tim Montgomerie 🇬🇧 (@Tim Montgomerie 🇬🇧) 1555664124
FFS someone send her a film script to keep her busy https://t.co/myAo3vGzLn— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@Julia Hartley-Brewer) 1555603691
But the actor did have some supporters, who praised her for standing up and doing something while so many celebrities ignore climate change.
this year alone, Emma Thompson has quit a lucrative acting job because of the involvement of an alleged abuser, co-… https://t.co/PtoxUVYplO— Shaun Kitchener (@Shaun Kitchener) 1555617301
Yes, Emma Thompson flies. So do I sometimes. I take taxis too. We also want to combat climate change If you thin… https://t.co/DkVBFSof7g— Paris Lees (@Paris Lees) 1555605130
THIS IS WHY EMMA THOMPSON IS A NATIONAL TREASURE PROTECT HER AT ALL COSTS https://t.co/VZSVnDDWaG— amy loves 13 (@amy loves 13) 1555674721
There aren’t any simple answers to whether Extinction Rebellion are doing the right thing.
But instead of arguing about who's a hypocrite, we should all be thinking about what we can do to help save our environment.
HT: Twitter Moments
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