Leonardo DiCaprio's Deportation Dilemma
The actor risks the wrath of government officials with risky comments
Leonardo DiCaprio’s love of planet Earth could land him in hot water if he’s not careful. Indonesian government officials have threatened to deport the Oscar-winner from their country.
The Revenant star is visiting the jungles of the Asian nation to raise awareness of endangered species living on the island of Sumatra. Although the rainforest is within the country’s Mount Leuser National Park, environmental campaigners argue the expansion of Indonesia’s palm oil industry is destroying the rare habitat and threatening the Sumatran elephant with extinction.
Leo criticised the industry in a post on his Instagram page, writing: “The expansion of palm oil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migratory corridors.” His presence in the country to highlight the issue has not gone down well with government officials, one of whom, Immigration Director Ronny Sompie threatened to have the Oscar-winner deported if he breached the conditions of his visitor’s visa. “If there are statements that discredit the government and the interests of Indonesia, he could be deported,” Ronny told the country’s Republika newspaper.
Pointing out that the star’s visa conditions only allow him to act as a tourist, he added: “If he’s in Indonesia engaging in activities that disrupt public order and harm the interests of Indonesia, immigration authorities are ready to deport him.”
The actor is in Asia working for the environmental foundation that he founded, helping locals create a well-policed wildlife sanctuary in Sumatra’s rainforest.