Jared Leto: Got My Oscar, Now I'm Going on Tour With Linkin Park - Thanks

Jared Leto isn’t like most Oscar winners. He’s been criticised for his role as the transgender character Rayon, and not 48 hours after his Best Supporting Actor win for the role, it has been announced that he and his band – 30 Seconds to Mars – are off on a massive tour with Linkin Park.

30 Seconds to Mars30 Seconds to Mars are off on tour with Linkin Park

He and his 16-year-old rock band, will perform in San Diego Sept. 16 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. They have middle-billing between the headlining Linkin Park and AFI to kick off the Carnivore Tour. Explaining the title of the tour, Linkin Park's Sinoda said: "Carnivores is a metaphor that is meant to convey an appetite for something visceral and substantive, and I feel that’s exactly the hunger this tour will feed."

Before that, Leto has engagements with 30 Seconds for some important dates, which predicated his mentions of both Ukraine and Venezuela in his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, the first award to be handed out on Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony. “We have a show in the Ukraine [on March 12],' Jared revealed backstage.

More: Why was Jared Leto's Oscars acceptance speech criticized?

“We have a show in Thailand in a few weeks. We had a show in Venezuela in the works. So these things, social unrest, social issues like this affect us in a really immediate way,” he added, according to The Mail. “So I felt on behalf of the people that I interact with (on social media) and my own interests as a person in a global band, it was important to address those things.”

Linkin ParkThe Carnivores tour kicks off on Sept 16. Photo: Linkin Park

Leto has been criticised by transgender communities and organisations, despite the critical acclaim, for his role as Rayon, who helps Ron Woodruff arrive at his policy-changing activist best. For many, the role would have been better suited to a transgender actor, the likes of which miss out on Hollywood roles like that of Rayon. It was, for Leto’s detractors, a missed opportunity to put a transgender actor into the spotlight and raise awareness for a multitude of issues surrounding equality.

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