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Environmental Activist Madonna Criticized for Using Private Jet for 120-Mile Commute

Singer and environmental activist Madonna is being criticized as a “hypocrite,” after she took her private jet just 120 miles from Birmingham to her home in London after a recent concert.

According to The Sun newspaper, the 57-year-old commuted back to her home in London last Wednesday after finishing a show in Birmingham, England.

Even though the distance between the two cities is only about 120 miles (roughly the same as the distance from Los Angeles to San Diego), Madonna opted to skip driving and took a private jet instead.

The paper reports Madonna’s jet, a 12-seater, would have “contributed 2.907 tonnes of carbon emissions,” while a stretch limousine “would produce just 0.081.”

Fellow environmentalists are reportedly enraged at the singer for increasing her carbon footprint, while she herself campaigns to end climate change.

The Daily Mail shared a number of reader comments calling out the Greenpeace activist singer for not holding herself to the same standards she expects from the general public.

“On her way to a global warming summit was she?” one commenter asked, while another wrote, “Like the rest of these celebs preaching hipocracy (sic).”

Another Daily Mail commenter directed his outrage at both Madonna and U2 frontman Bono: “Like the obnoxious hypocrite, Bono, ‘do as I say not as I do.’”

Madonna released the climate change song “Hey You” in 2007 for the Live Earth campaign. The video for the song shows humans polluting the environment and even includes a shot of a polar bear struggling as its habitat is diminished by global warming.

The music video also includes a cameo by former Vice President Al Gore, who came under similar scrutiny in 2006 after it was discovered he was using more than 20 times the national average of kilowatt-hours in his 20-bedroom Tennessee home. At the time, Gore had recently debuted his Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

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