Amazon Burns and blame it on Hollywood?
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A few years back, Michael Caine as he then was, starred in a pretty risible film called ‘Blame it on Rio’.
The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, seems to be more interested in ‘Blame it on Hollywood’, and is accusing the actor, Leonardo Di Caprio of funding arsonists and being the man behind the recent incineration of the Amazonian rain forest.
Populist Bolsonaro’s aim is to drive environmental and other NGOs out of Brazil and is reported to have told his supporters that DiCaprio was “Giving money for the Amazon to be torched”.
This followed on from another claim he made the day before, in which he accused DiCaprio of being part of an international campaign against Brazil.
This is similar rhetoric used recently by the UKs Nigel Farage and populist politicians when they talk about global conspiracies by ‘them’ against ‘us’.
This facile approach is cheap and effective. Over time it builds in the ‘us’ a siege mentality against ‘them’ and an infantile dependency on the strong leader who has cleverly identified the real issue facing his people, regardless of bothering themselves with irksome details such as reality or the facts.
History can teach us a lot about our futures…