Bill Gates & Jeff Bezos labeled ‘elitist hypocrites’ after reports of superyacht party ahead of climate summit
Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos were roasted online for their failure to lead by example after reports of the billionaire climate warriors renting superyachts off the coast of Turkey to party ahead of the COP26 climate summit.
The American tycoons apparently prepared for the UN Climate Change Conference (which kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland on the weekend) aboard luxurious superyachts in the Aegean Sea. According to the British media, the weekly rental price of Gate’s vessel is $2 million.
On Friday, the world’s second richest man, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, was reportedly among the 50 guests at the Microsoft cofounder’s lavish 66th birthday party in the Turkish resort town of Fethiye. Both billionaires got there by helicopter, which – like superyachts – aren’t the cleanest means of transportation in terms of CO2 emissions.Also on rt.com Global elites flying private jets to COP26 climate conference emit more CO2 than hundreds of citizens would in a year – UK media
The two tycoons, who have been sounding the alarm over climate change and calling on others to curb their needs to help tackle the problem, were later flown to Glasgow on private jets.
The behavior of Gates and Bezos did not go over well with people on Twitter, who said they expect bold statements to be followed with action.
“Guess the rules [don’t] apply to them?” one person said, while others called the billionaires “elitist hypocrites” and “a joke.”
"Jeff Bezos parties with Bill Gates as he celebrates his 66th birthday with friends on a $2million-a-week private yacht before helicoptering them all to an exclusive resort in Turkey"Guess the rules doesn't apply to them?#ClimateEmergency#climate#ClimateCrisis— Rose Y 🌹❤🌹 (@roseyYaz) October 31, 2021
Elitists hypocrites. Zipping around in gas guzzling limousines and traipsing through the skies in massive jets, while lecturing the rest of us about climate change and saving the planet. What a JOKE!— AMABLACKPATRIOT (@DrShayPhD) October 29, 2021
Others agreed that Gates and Bezos were the wrong people to lecture others, and demanded that they make sacrifices too along with everyone else.
Bill Gates held a 4 hour Birthday party in Turkey, 50 people were flown in private helicopters from their yachts off anchored offshore... These are the people who want you to take the bus to work and make other sacrifices for climate change.— JoJoGizmo (@Lostboyjojo) October 31, 2021
Gates closed Sea Me Beach in Turkey and met with Bezos, who was also vacationing in theAegean. Bezos, first flew on the 107meter yacht "Lana", which was rented by Bill Gates for 1 million 800 thousand euros a week. OMG and tell us about pandemics and global crisis !!!!!!!!!!— Valia Traka (@TrakaValia) October 30, 2021
However, some defended the tycoons, saying they have every right to spend their money how they want to, while accusing critics of simply being jealous.
On Sunday, Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez discussed climate issues with Prince Charles at a mansion outside Glasgow, which raised questions about the right of unelected royals and billionaires to represent the public on critical matters.
Can someone explain to me what mandates Jeff Bezos, Prince Charles, Bill Gates, a delinquent Swedish teenager, and other assorted non-elected billionaires, royals, and celebrities have to make pronouncements for us other 7.8bn mere mortals?— Aaron (@LibertarianZA) November 1, 2021
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