Celebrities are always at the centre of controversy, self-made or not. But lately, public outrage has been directed at the A-list stars who have seemingly overused their luxuries at the expense of the environment. Now, Taylor Swift is the next famous face at the centre of public accusation.
Two weeks ago, Kylie Jenner was labelled a "full-time climate criminal" after she boasted about taking her private jet on a three minute flight.
This was quickly followed up by an Instagram post where she flaunted how she can fly to the grocery store, rather than drive. The internet was blown away by her contribution to extreme carbon emissions, especially during a climate crisis.
But she wasn't the only member of the one per cent being called out for their reckless carbon footprint. Yard, a UK-based sustainability marketing firm, has gathered a list of the biggest celebrity climate crisis contributors, with Swift topping their list.
According to Yard, the Folklore singer's private jet has taken no less than 170 flights in the first 200 days of 2022, with those trips apparently clocking in a total of 8293 tons of CO2 emissions.
In response to the onslaught of backlash she began to receive, Swift's representative team set the record straight about how the 170 jet trips weren't all taken by her.
"Taylor's jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals," representatives told Rolling Stone. "To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect."
While she might not have been the one taking to the skies for the 170 trips, fans were still quick to point out that loaning her jet out that many times is just as harmful as being on the plane herself.
Of course, once the public found out about the 32-year-old's sky-high travels, the reaction was swift and angry. Why? Well, while the Kardashian-Jenners are known for flaunting their abundance and boasts of excess, Swift has built her brand around being 'for the people'.
Taking to Twitter, some angry fans fans even began posting fake Tweets from Swift to leading environmentalists and others poked fun at every time planes have been mentioned in any of her discography.
Despite this, there were legions of fans hellbent on proving that Swift has counteracted the CO2 emissions as "misinformation", before listing a stream of her contributions for environmentalism. As for what she's done for the planet, the list included how Swift sold one of her private jets and has an adoration for penguins, however, the list was later deleted after it received public ridicule.
It'd be silly to think that Swift is the only 'climate criminal' in Hollywood. In fact, joining her on the list were Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jay-Z who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. They were then followed by Jennifer Lopez's ex Alex Rodriguez, as well as Blake Shelton, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, Mark Wahlberg, Oprah Winfrey and Travis Scott. And the most ironic fact of all was that Kylie Jenner never even made the list.
Responses toward celebrities' carefree contributions to carbon emissions come as high temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere continue to break records, with wild fires in abundance and regular folk begin questioning why they're doing their bit (hello, metal straws) while the A-list live it up.
It's clear that celebrities aren't going to auction off their private jets any time soon, but perhaps being called out by the masses will help them rethink how they can reduce their effects on the climate—even if it's motivated by repairing their public image.