Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is being mocked for recent comments he made confusing Canada’s warm chinook winds with the “terrifying” effects of climate change.
Mr. DiCaprio, who was appointed last year as a United Nations representative on climate change, was quoted by Vanity Fair expressing alarm that while in Calgary filming his new film “The Revenant,” there would be “eight feet of snow and then all of a sudden a warm gust of wind would come,” the Canadian Press reported.
Mr. DiCaprio said he was told by locals “this has never happened in our province ever.”
“It was scary,” he reportedly told an audience at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation awards. “I’ve never experienced something so firsthand that was so dramatic.”
“You see the fragility of nature and how easily things can be completely transformed with just a few degrees difference,” he said. “It’s terrifying, and it’s what people are talking about all over the world. And it’s simply just going to get worse.”
Gwen O’Sullivan, an environmental science professor at Mount Royal University, said warm chinook winds are a common and natural occurrence for Calgary, and it’s not atypical for a foot of snow to disappear in just a day, the Canadian Press reported.
In fairness to this genius, it’s possible he was thinking of another definition of chinook, “The female equivalent of the Helicopter. When a woman spins her breasts around like the two rotors of a Chinook.”
That’s a sight that it is indeed possible no local had seen in the province before, but surely DiCaprio has – I wonder what happened that left him so terrified?