LEONARDO DiCAPRIO has slammed critics who say celebrities should not have voiced their opinions in the run up to last November's (04) US presidential election.

DiCaprio was one of many famous folk who campaigned vigorously for Democrat candidate John Kerry, who eventually lost when President George W Bush was re-elected.

And the AVIATOR star claims it was his duty as an American citizen to speak out.

He says, "I read some articles that said celebrities shouldn't have gotten involved in the election, but I honestly think that if it wasn't for people like Puff Daddy, Brad Pitt, me or Mary J Blige who went out and spoke then the election wouldn't have been that close.

"It is our responsibility to people who look up to people like us, as citizens of the country, to let them know."

07/01/2005 20:34