What's not to love about her, right? Well, for one, her hypocrisy on the same issues that she claims to be so passionate about.
Emma Thompson is a name that comes up often whenever there's a larger discussion about eco-hypocrites among A-list celebrities. Just like that doctor who can't be bothered to put out his own cigarette while he's scolding you for not being able to kick the habit, some celebrities who get very passionate in their discourse on climate issues fail to live up to the expectations their discourse gives way to. Thompson is one of them.
Thompson often speaks at rallies of this kind, yet she owns homes in three different countries and often jetsets from one to the other – not flying commercial, but private. She is just one of the many examples of holier-than-thou-type of stars who preach extreme measures only for show while they continue living their life as before.
This is necessary context in order to understand the fresh wave of criticism directed at her: Emma Thompson is now in Venice, where she owns a home and is an honorary citizen, vacationing onboard the Eos superyacht. Eos is an older build from luxury shipyard Lurssen that previously held the record as the world's largest sail-assisted superyacht before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had Koru delivered.
Cruising on a superyacht comes with a huge carbon footprint, and perhaps the worst part of it all is that it's done for pleasure only. It's a wasteful vacation, with the kind of carbon footprint no vacation Average Joe could ever afford would have, even if Joe flew to and from his destination. It's eco-hypocrisy.
From a more superficial perspective, though, Thompson made an excellent choice with Eos – and perhaps a less damaging one than if she'd chosen a traditional superyacht. The 2006 Eos, owned by Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg, is a three-mast Bermuda-rigged schooner measuring 93 meters (305 feet) in total length and 61 meters (200 feet) in height.
It's a beautiful vessel with a traditional and memorable silhouette and an iconic Anh Duong 2.7-meter (9-foot) tall sculpture of von Furstenberg as the figurehead. The exterior is by Bill Langan, while Francois Catroux penned the interiors that were never shown in detail to the public. The owning couple are very private and have never offered Eos for charter, though it has been used to host celebrities like Bezos himself, Harry Styles, or Andy Cohen – and now, Emma Thompson.
With an interior volume of 1,500 GT, Eos can accommodate 14 guests in seven suites and a crew of 21 in separate quarters. Unconfirmed reports say that it's the epitome of luxury inside, though the overall styling is understated and elegant.
Whatever Eos is like inside, it's definitely pleasant enough to get Dame Thompson to reconsider her personal stance on the need to reduce one's carbon footprint.
Self-proclaimed eco-activist Dame Emma Thompson spotted wearing a £225 animal print coat and enjoying a seafood dinner on Fox TV founder's £200m yacht https://t.co/knEG5Dt9su pic.twitter.com/IY2ulfADQF— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) August 31, 2023