Over-celebrity has been a hot topic of discussion lately, with Kylie Jenner attracting attention to the inordinate amount of pollution emitted by the wealthy, after he used his private jet to catch a 17-minute flight and then followed it with a Instagram post displaying his ability to steal from the grocery store.
Jenner has been called a “climate criminal,” with Instagram and Twitter users expressing frustration with public efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, swept away by fumes from private jets.
Now a UK based sustainable marketing company Court has put together a ranked list of the biggest famous ‘climate criminals’ and Taylor Swift tops the list, with her plane making no less than 170 flights in 2022, with total CO2 emissions recorded at 8,293 tonnes, according to data from Yard.
Swift instantly overtook Jenner as the face of the problem, though many reacted with as much surprise as anger; after all, excess and criminal indulgence are baked into the Kardashian-Jenner brand, while Swift has cultivated a more folksy image. The contrast remained amusing to many, and Swift quickly became the subject of teasing.
Twitter users began posting fake Swift Tweets imagining the singer had a burning hatred for environmentalism, while others jokingly pointed out Swift’s song lyrics. that mention airplanes.
In response to the backlash, Swift’s portrayal clarified with rolling stone that the singer’s jets were not always used by her, stating:
“Taylor’s jet is regularly loaned out to other people. Attributing most or all of these trips to him is obviously incorrect.
The clarification was hardly surprising — despite her cottage persona, fans understand that Swift is just as ruthlessly entrepreneurial as the Kardashian-Jenners.
On the Taylor Swift fan subreddit, r/TaylorSwift, fans expressed disappointment in the singer, noting that Swift’s jets being loaned out to others wasn’t the point – it’s that Swift’s jets were allowed to spit carbon trucks into our skies, with the singer apparently making no effort to reduce its carbon emissions.
Some fans had the opposite reaction and simply refused to acknowledge the issue, calling the listing “misinformation.”
One particularly dedicated fan even posted her own list on Twitter, highlighting Swift’s supposed contributions to environmentalism. This list included the fact that Swift had sold one of her two private jets and highlighted the singer’s affection for penguins; the thread was quickly deleted after everyone on the internet laughed it off.
Of course, Swift wasn’t the only “climate criminal” on the list; Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jay-Z placed 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Alex Rodriguez, Blake Shelton, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, Mark Wahlberg, Oprah Winfrey and Travis Scott made up the rest of the polluters (ironically, Kylie Jenner n never actually made the list).
In response to published data on his own useless flights, Drake also tried to set the record straight, telling fans that his three of his ridiculously short flights actually didn’t have anyone on them, which didn’t really mitigate the backlash.
The rich and famous don’t seem interested in cutting their emissions, only in making excuses for them; public access to flight data must be a headache – surely celebrities want to puke their shows in secret.
But as heat records continue to explode and the air becomes heavy with smoke, those little paper straws and recycling bins aren’t going to cut it – the public throws water balloons at a house fire , while the rich throw away gasoline.
Celebrities aren’t going to suddenly change their minds, but they might just be forced to cut back on their lewd trash; after all, approval and validation is one of the few things the public can take away from them.