Famous, Eco-Friendly, and... Frauds?

Press puts A-listers on the defensive about opulent, gas-guzzling lifestyles
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2007 6:33 PM CDT
U.S. singer Madonna performs on stage during the British leg of the Live Earth concerts at London's Wembley Stadium, Saturday July 7, 2007. This concert is part of a series of events, also taking place...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Greenies are putting celebrities under the microscope to see if their eco-lifestyles really resemble what they preach, the Los Angeles Times reports. A-listers insist they're not perfect, but bloggers ask what value their message has when Leonardo zips around in a private jet and Madge owns 9 homes. One critic says that nobody can “consume opulently like a movie star and still protect the planet.”

One non-profit association makes use of the scrutiny by putting “celebrities together with stuff,” coaxing them to stand by hybrid cars to promote the cause. Yet this pro-green image only puts them more on the defensive. "If you want to peg me as not being completely eco-friendly, you'll win,” John Mayer told reporters at Live Earth. “That's not the point, you know?"