Liberal Hollywood actress Jane Fonda has just gotten herself into trouble with the law.
You may know her from the big (or small) screen, but 81-year-old Fonda is now sitting behind bars after being inspired by child climate activist Greta Thunberg, in the actress’s own words, to protest and stir up “civil disobedience” on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to demand that Congress take drastic action to fight climate change.
Before the protest that lead to her arrest, Fonda had announced that she would be participating in so-called “Fire Drill Fridays” – an apparent play on Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” student school strike protests.
But, hey, at least she knew what she was getting into. She had explained in an interview with WaPo,
“It’ll be called ‘Fire Drill Friday.’ And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.”
Check out the breaking news of Fonda’s arrest on Twitter:
Here's what Jane Fonda said about why she was protesting:
Fellow looney liberal actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano shared her support for Fonda on Twitter:
WUSA9 has more details on Fonda's arrest:
Jane Fonda has been arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building as she and dozens of others protest climate change.
The nearly 82-year-old moved to D.C. to take part in the fight against climate change and said she'll be on the steps of the U.S. Capitol every Friday through January.
Surrounded by dozens of other climate activists she was arrested Friday on the steps of the Capitol Building.
U.S. Capitol Police said 16 people were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol. All were charged with D.C. Code 22-1307 crowding, obstructing or incommoding.
TMZ also said:
Jane Fonda is willing to go to jail over climate change -- she just got busted outside the U.S. Capitol during a massive protest.
Jane was arrested Friday along with a number of other protesters on the steps on the east side of the Capitol building. In video from the demonstration, you see Jane being placed in handcuffs and escorted into a police van.
Jane was demonstrating with the group Oil Change International over the climate change crisis. The protest is part of Jane's "Fire Drill Fridays" initiative -- she's vowed to protest outside the Capitol every Friday, rain or shine, and says she's been inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg and her weekly climate strikes across the globe.
For some background on what exactly Fonda wants to accomplish with the "Fire Drill Friday" protests, The Washington Post said:
Two-time Academy Award and seven-time Golden Globe winner Jane Fonda has played many roles, most recently on television as the wife of a gay husband who comes out about his closeted relationship with his best friend.
But this week, Fonda takes on the role of climate activist and brings it to a new stage: the Capitol, where she will demonstrate until she is arrested. And she will do the same thing for 14 Fridays — until she has to film another season of the television drama “Grace and Frankie.”
“I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday,” Fonda said in an interview with The Washington Post. “It’ll be called ‘Fire Drill Friday.’ And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.”
Call her the Greta Thunberg of the octogenarian set. The 16-year-old Thunberg, a Swedish high school student, has rocked the world with her blunt denunciations of generations that have failed to slow climate change. The 81-year-old Fonda, who says she was moved reading about Thunberg, believes she can have her own impact.
When Thunberg studied climate change, “she realized what was happening and that this was barreling at us like an engine,” Fonda said. “It so traumatized her that she stopped speaking and eating. And when I read that it rocked me, because I knew that Greta had seen the truth. And the urgency came into my DNA the way it hadn’t before.”
“Greta said we have to behave like it’s a crisis,” Fonda added. “We have to behave like our houses are on fire.”
Fonda has a distinguished acting career, including political films such as “Coming Home” about Vietnam War wounds both mental and physical, “9 to 5” about working women, and “The China Syndrome” about a nuclear power plant that was released shortly before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.
Jane Fonda on Post Reports: “We’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.”
Of course, you'll recall that Jane Fonda is no fan of President Trump.
Last year, she likened our president to Hitler and the Third Reich!
As Fox News noted:
Jane Fonda reportedly drew a comparison on Thursday between President Trump, with his criticism of the media, and the infamous Third Reich.
“If you’ve read anything about the rise of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler, you will see the parallels,” Fonda reportedly said. “Attacking the media is the first step in the move towards fascism. The cornerstone to democracy is an independent, democratic media.”
The veteran actress made the remarks while speaking at the Women’s Media Awards in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter.