We watch celebrities in their private jets, eat dinners carefully prepared by their personal chefs, and we can help but get a little jealous. “Aspirant” might be a word we use for this lifestyle they support so hard. Now, recently, marketing and analytics agency Yard quickly rubbed off the charm of this marketing and analytics agency when it published an outrageous list – revealing the world’s 10 most CO2 polluting celebrities – concluded through the use of their private jet planes. Using flight-tracking maps, their carbon footprints have been calculated since the start of this year, and the results have been both shocking and disappointing.
When Kylie Jenner posted a muted image of her and her beau Travis Scott posing on the tarmac through their separate private planes with a caption reeking of privilege, “Ydo you want to take mine or yours? She has come under the scanner for taking extremely short flights in her private jet and netizens have branded her a ‘climate criminal’. Soon after, the list went down and everyone bet on Kylie, but she wasn’t even in the top 10 (Kris Jenner signed a breath of relief somewhere).
But the name no one saw coming, let alone topped the list, was America’s pop darling –Taylor Swift. Surpassing the top spot on this shameful list, while beating out names like Kim Kardashian, Drake, Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z—Taylor reportedly took a total of 170 flights over the past seven months.
Over 8,000 tons of carbon emissions were emitted on these trips and the average flight time was only 80 minutes. To give you a clearer perspective, what Taylor’s jet would have produced in just 200 days is 1,184.8 times more than an average person’s total emissions over an entire year. The Shake The singer has received severe backlash since the listing was discovered. One fan on Reddit wrote, “Holy s*** Taylor STAY HOME!”, while others roasted her on Twitter.
In an attempt to limit the damage, the Grammy artist’s spokesperson tried to save the day, saying, “Taylor’s jet is regularly loaned out to other people. Attributing most or all of these trips to him is patently incorrect,” which made the situation even worse, as his physical presence makes no difference. What could be more appalling? Even after the list was published, its CO2 emissions only increased—25 tons in just three days to be precise.
As for the others, they may not share the top spot with Taylor, but they can’t shout “our planet is dying” with their various environmental initiatives when their private jets barely spend a day in the hangars. Especially to an audience that can now see through their facade. Here are all the celebrities that made the list and here’s how much they’re helping to disrupt the planet.
Kim Kardashian, who recently treated herself to a private jet, is number 7 on the list. Kim is often seen taking family and friends to exotic locations in her luxury plane, which has so far emitted 4,268.5 tonnes of carbon emissions, 609.8 times more than the average person does not issue one in a year.
2. Oprah Winfrey
You get a plane ride, you get a plane ride, and you all get a plane ride. Multi-billionaire TV host Oprah Winfrey is known for giving away cars on her show, but in real life she apparently gave away air rides using her private jet this year — because, how else do you explain 3 493.17 tonnes of CO2 emissions? Which puts her in 9th position on this scathing list.
Rapper and businessman Jay-Z is 3rd on the list of CO2 polluters. That year, the musician produced 6,981.3 tonnes of CO2 on his private jet. We may be Beyonce stans, but this private island vacation has to be cut.
4. Travis Scott
The Astroworld star has emitted 3033.3 tonnes of CO2e so far this year. Between him and his beauty mogul girlfriend, the duo have become major climate disruptors. What’s worse? They brag about it openly without caring about the world.
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