Famous songwriter Taylor Swift received backlash after it came out that her private jet output more carbon emissions than any other celebrity and was burning more than most Americans would in their lifetime during its 170 trips this year.
A report from the publication the analytics publication The Yard found that her private plane was in the air for 23,000 minutes, took 80 minute flights on average, and created 8,000 tones of emissions. This is 1,180 times more emissions than the average person.
Swift quickly put out a statement in Rolling Stone magazine and clarified that Swift was not actually taking that many trips but was loaning her jet out to others to fly.
“Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals,” her press representative said. “To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
The other celebrities shown in the report in order of who polluted the most were: boxer Floyd Mayweather, musical artist Jay-Z, former pro-baseball player Alex Rodriquez, country music star Blake Shelton, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, actor Mark Wahlberg, tv host Oprah Winfrey, and rapper Travis Scott.
Recently, rapper Drake got backlash after taking flights in June that were under 20 minutes on his private jet. Each short flight allegedly cost 15 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to CelebJets. The superstar was forced to comment and said on Instagram, “This is just them moving planes to whatever airport they are being stored at for anyone who was interested in the logistics…nobody takes that flight.”
Kylie Jenner got backlash recently for posting a photo to her Instagram with the father of her children, Travis Scott, that showed the two of them in front of an expensive Rolls Royce and the two of their private jets that each individually own.
Jenner wrote underneath the post on Instagram saying, “You wanna take mine or yours?”
The comments have since been disabled on the post because of the backlash and many people online pointed out how tone deaf it was to post something like that when most Americans are struggling in Biden’s economy.
A climate campaign coordinator on CTV New Toronto said about such flights, “I think we need to as a society have a conversation about whether we should be allowing these private flights to be happening in the first place. I think it can really be frustrating for some folks when, you know, they’re thinking to themselves, ‘Okay, well, I’m doing everything I can in my daily routine to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, such as taking public transit, buying local products, and things like that.”
It’s just another case of celebrities acting like they are different than us mere mortals. They preach about being green and fighting against climate change and they want us to cut our emissions, but they don’t make the sacrifice themselves. What do you think of Taylor Swift’s statements?