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Fans SLAM Leonardo DiCaprio For Taking Fuel-Guzzling Private Jet To Receive Environmental Award

Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Environmental Award -- Actor Slammed After Taking Private Jet
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May. 22 2016, Updated 4:48 p.m. ET

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Leonardo DiCaprio has been praised for his care for the environment, but now, he is under fire for allegedly placing his own convenience ahead of mother nature's well-being.

The 41-year-old actor spent this week partying with the beautiful people of the Cannes Film Festival in France, before hopping on a private jet to NYC to accept an award for his clean water efforts at the Riverkeeper Fishermen's Ball on Wednesday, Page Six reports. Within 24 hours, he was back in France for the star-studded amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala.

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As Radar reported, just months ago, DiCaprio dedicated a portion of his Academy Award acceptance speech to advancing awareness for global warming. "Climate change is real," he said. "It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species."

But in light of his own use of fuel guzzling private planes, some have questioned his authority to advocate for the environment. "Everyone saying he's some hero for protecting the environment," one fan wrote on his Instagram photo from the ball. "He's just a hypocrite." Another fan shared the sentiment, saying, "Unfollowing @leonardodicaprio. Practice what you preach."

While an insider close to the actor explained the situation saying that DiCaprio had simply "hitched a ride with someone already flying back and to Cannes," and that," hitching a ride was the only way he could make it in time for both events," some insist that those types of rationalizations are the reason behind the current environmental crisis.

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