Representing the other side of the debate, George Clooney has come out against a boycott of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Over the past few months, we’ve seen everyone from Steven Spielberg to Richard Gere publicly condemn the country for failing to act on the Darfur crisis and human rights violations. Clooney, however, believes a boycott will not do anything to help these issue and is urging people to continue diplomatic relations. From the article,
“‘It seems excessive to boycott the Games because China does business in Darfur. It’s always more important to keep a line of communication open,’ the Oscar-winning thespian told the El Pais newspaper.”
Clooney was also critical of the United States with regards to the environment saying, “What is certain is that there is less consumption (in Europe) than in the United States and people recycle more. Things work in a much more intelligent way.”
What’s George doing to reduce his carbon footprint? The 46-year-old-actor insists he’s doing his part by always traveling by motorcycle while in Italy. We imagine he’d consider doing the same things Stateside if the paparazzi weren’t always knocking him down.