Star's Tux Promise Draws Megyn Kelly's Sarcasm

Joaquin Phoenix pledged to not change for each awards event
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2020 5:30 PM CST
Promise to Rewear Tux Draws Praise and Mockery
Joaquin Phoenix accepts the award for best actor in a motion picture drama at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday.   (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

PETA praised Joaquin Phoenix, actor and climate change activist, for announcing that he'll wear the same tuxedo to every Hollywood awards event this season to reduce waste. Stella McCartney, who designed his classic black tux, also was impressed. Former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly was not, People reports. "How out of touch are these ppl?? Oh the sacrifice!" Kelly tweeted after a woman posted that her husband wears the same firefighter ensemble every day. Writer Emily Zanotti said she was going to rewear the Stella McCartney jeans she bought used, "just to feel like a climate change hero." On the other side were McCartney, who called Phoenix "a winner" in her tweet "because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet." PETA answered that he's "inspiring EVERYONE to make compassionate changes."

GQ, which knows tuxedos, points out that the issue Phoenix is calling attention to is sustainability. The red carpet is a sustainability desert — showing off clothes that were expensively and laboriously produced, only to be worn a grand total of once. McCartney has been a leader in sustainable design in her industry. She was alone in that cause at one time, but now other lines are following her lead, as sustainability has become important across industries. That includes the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gave Phoenix its Golden Globe for best actor Sunday. The group announced this week, per NBC, that it will reuse its red carpet at other events; the carpet itself apparently had been a "use-and-discard" item. (More Joaquin Phoenix stories.)

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