Well, it’ll come as no surprise to anyone who reads Paul M. Barrett’s book Law of the Jungle, but the Ecuadorian government paid celebrities to tour areas of the rainforest allegedly contaminated by Texaco.
Allow me a Capt. Louis Renault moment,
Apparently Mia Farrow received from PR firm MCSquared $180,000 and Danny Glover $300,000. As you may remember, Danny reportedly received US$18 million bucks from the late Hugo Chavez for making a movie about Toussaint D’Overture, the Haitian slave that led the revolt against the French and declared himself emperor.
We’re still waiting for Danny’s movie.
But back to Mia, she and filmmaker Phelim Mcaleer engaged in a discussion on Twitter,
after which she deleted the tweet and blocked Mcaleer, to the amusement of those following the exchange,
Danny, we’re broke and forgotten.
Mia, let’s go to Ecuador. The Boss is sure to give us dough]
— Fortaleza de Gye (@Libre_Guayaquil) September 18, 2014
Bianca Jagger is another celebrity who headed to Lago Agrio, and later protested against Chevron in New York,
Is that a fur coat?
Daryl Hannah, Sting and wife Trudie Styler, and Al Gore also turned up at the old Texaco site, as Barrett reports in Law of the Jungle. No word on how much they got.
I posted yesterday on Law of the Jungle. For a full book review, read When oil first flowed through a new pipeline in 1972…