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Leo Could Be Blacklisted From Indonesia Over An Instagram Post

Leo at the Oscars this year, before he was on the Indonesian government's naughty list. (Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images)
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Last week, Leonardo DiCaprio visited Mount Leuser National Park, a tropical rainforest in Indonesia. Like any white person on vacation in Southeast Asia, he documented the trip on Instagram, and posted a photo with a "critically endangered Sumatran #orangutan," and expressed his concern for species whose habitats are threatened by the country's palm oil industry."The expansion of palm oil plantations is fragmenting the forest and cutting off key elephant migration corridors...A world-class biodiversity hotspot, but palm oil expansion is destroying this unique place," he wrote.

The Indonesian government is none too pleased with Leo for calling them out. Heru Santoso, spokesman for the Directorate General for Immigration at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, told the AP, "We support his concern to save the Leuser ecosystem. But we can blacklist him from returning to Indonesia at any time if he keeps posting incitement or provocative statements in his social media."

According to the Guardian, the Leuser rainforest ecosystem is wrought with palm oil plantations, as well as mining, logging and other industries that endanger local populations of elephants, rhinos, tigers, and orangutans.

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The Guardian notes that Ronny Sompie, the immigration director-general told Indonesian newspaper Republika that DiCaprio's tourist visa limited him to "excursions only," and that he could be deported by making "statements that discredit the government and the interests of Indonesia," he said. "If he is in Indonesia for other purposes, by engaging in activities that disrupt public order and harm the interests of Indonesia, immigration authorities are ready to deport him."

Deportation is an empty threat at this point; Leo already left. But maybe don't bring the Wolf Pack with you in the future?

Here's another pic of DiCaprio with an elephant, because why not.

Adrien Brody tagged along, too: