#PopVultures Podcast: Analysing Kylie Jenner’s ‘climate criminal’ controversy

Kylie Jenner recently found herself the subject of much criticism after she posted a picture of herself with her partner Travis Scott standing between two private jets amidst an ongoing climate crisis. PHOTO: KYLIEJENNER/INSTAGRAM

Synopsis: Each month, The Straits Times examines the ins and outs of pop culture in the Asian entertainment and Hollywood scene.

In this very special crossover episode of #PopVultures and Green Pulse, hosts Jan Lee and Audrey Tan discuss celebrities under the spotlight of climate change.

Hollywood personalities like Kylie Jenner recently found herself the subject of much criticism after she posted a picture of herself with her partner Travis Scott standing between two private jets with the caption: “You wanna take mine or yours?” 

Amid an ongoing climate crisis that is already impacting vulnerable communities, her picture did not go down well, with many criticising Jenner and celebrities like her who use private jets - an extremely environmentally harmful mode of travel.

Jan and Audrey discuss the impact celebs have - both good and bad - on the environment through their lifestyles, endorsements and public stances.

Highlights (tap/click above):

01:43 Kylie Jenner and celebrities’ use of private jets; why is air travel so harmful to the environment?

08:33 Is it fair to single celebrities out as ‘climate criminals’ when climate change is a far-reaching global problem?

12:15 Kourtney Kardashian’s collaboration with Boohoo

13:50 What is greenwashing? Why is it difficult to detect?

26:15 Can celebrities ever be helpful in the fight against climate change?

Produced by: Jan Lee (janlee@sph.com.sg), Penelope Lee & Eden Soh

Edited by: Penelope Lee

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