DiCaprio, who is a self-described environmentalist but has no interest in actually reducing his massive carbon footprint, tweeted an address to a Brazilian voter registration site on Thursday.
Brazilian young people are less enthused about voting than teens in many other countries, an issue that the Brazilian Left is working to tackle on behalf of the challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The polls indicate that young voters are more likely to be against Bolsonaro. But the registration of voters aged 16 and 17 has decreased from 2.5 million to just 630,000 over the last 10 years. Even this smaller group of youth voters for the 75-year-old Lula is a bit questionable given that Lula was sentenced to 25 years in prison for an enormous corruption scandal; corruption is the most prominent issue among youth voters around the world. Lula's conviction was thrown out at the end of March, 2021 which opened the possibility of his presidential campaign.
The interest in attracting younger voters grew as Lula's polling advantage over Bolsonaro was reduced to less than nine points. As DiCaprio's tweet stated, May 4 is the last day for registration of voters in Brazil.
Bolsonaro reacted to the criticism on Friday, dissing DiCaprio as a tool used by “crooks who serve foreign special interests.” Bolsonaro also expressed appreciation for DiCaprio's performance in 2015's movie The Revenant – the movie where Leo is brutally attacked by a bear.
Bolsonaro also criticized DiCaprio over his hypocrisy and shoddy environmental research.
Bolsonaro and DiCaprio have had heated public debate in the past. In November, Bolsonaro accused DiCaprio of donating money to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which were later involved in causing Amazon rainforest fires and then blaming their actions on the Brazilian government.
“Leonardo DiCaprio, you are collaborating with the burning of the Amazon,” Bolsonaro declared at the time.
A former State Department official, Scott Hamilton who was laid off this week, took on Bolsonaro in a Saturday opinion piece for Brazilian O Globo, a newspaper in Brazil, in which he suggested that the U.S. lead international sanctions against Bolsonaro in the event that he attempts to undermine the November election.
Hamilton has accused Bolsonaro and his backers of trying to “sabotage the integrity of the Brazilian democratic process” and “undermine the public's faith” in the electoral system to “set the stage for the effort to refuse to accept its outcome.”
“He sees himself as an envoy of God to save Brazil from ‘communism.' It is a messianic vision impervious to reason,” Hamilton declared.
In the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign, candidate Joe Biden threatened to destroy the Brazilian economy because of its apparent inability with regards to combating Amazon fires. Bolsonaro replied by vowing to employ “gunpowder” against the U.S. should Biden win and put his plan into effect.