Jane Fonda And Ted Danson Are Arrested On The Steps Of The Capitol During Climate Change Protest

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Hanoi Jane is living proof that you are never too old to make a raving fool of yourself. And Ted Danson is right by her side. For the third time in two weeks, actress Jane Fonda was arrested while protesting climate change in Washington, DC after vowing to protest ‘every Friday’. Someone has too much time and money on their hands.

I was surprised however that the star of NBC’s The Good Place, Ted Danson, was also handcuffed during the protest, which took place on the steps of the Capitol. Scratch another celebrity that I’ll ever bother to watch. He was famously in Cheers and CSI – this is a new low for Danson. Photos captured Fonda, 81, dressed in a long red coat, black trousers, and black shoes. She pranced in zip-tie handcuffs, raising her hands up and as if in triumph. She also stuck out her tongue. Classy. Meanwhile, Danson, 71, was pictured laughing in the same handcuffs while wearing a grey flat cap, a grey sweater, a grey jacket, and blue jeans. Dressed for protest and arrest I guess.

From The Daily Mail:

“Fonda’s arrest marks the third Friday in a row that the actress has clashed with police during a protest in the nation’s capitol.

“Earlier in the day, Fonda and Danson were seen walking along signs that read ‘Climate Action Now’ and ‘Green New Deal Now’ – a nod to New York representative Alexandria Occasio Cortez’a proposed legislation to tackle climate change.

“At one point, Fonda herself held a poster that read: ‘Get in Motion/Save our Ocean.’

“The two were arrested during an event called Fire Drill Fridays, which are organized by Fonda in an effort to get politicians to address climate change.

“Capitol Police released a statement on Friday afternoon that read: ‘Fonda and Danson were among 32 people arrested for allegedly unlawfully demonstrating in the intersection of East Capitol and First Streets.’

“The demonstrators are being charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, which are classified as misdemeanors.

“Fonda says she’s relocated to Washington, DC – at least, temporarily – after being inspired by climate change activists such as Greta Thunberg.

“‘So, I moved here to do an action every Friday called “Fire Drill Friday” because Greta Thunberg says “our house is on fire we have to behave appropriately”,’ Fonda told reporters last week.

“‘So, we have a fire drill every Friday and every Friday at 11 [am] we will have a different focus on climate.’

“The Academy Award winner told The Washington Post earlier this month that she intended on being apprehended while protesting in Washington every Friday for the next 14 weeks.

“‘I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the series, and I’m going to go to DC and I’m going to have a rally every Friday,’ Fonda said.

“‘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.’

“She will have to leave in January, however, to resume production on her Netflix show Grace and Frankie.

“However, Fonda is not the only one with deep roots in the climate change and conservation movement.

“Danson helped found the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, whose name was eventually changed to Oceana in 2001.

“In his speech, he said: All of this is inconvenient. It’s inconvenient for politicians to stop taking money from fossil fuels.’

“Fonda has been previously arrested twice during climate change rallies.

“The most recent arrest occurred on October 18 along with her Grace and Frankie co-star Sam Waterston, 78.

“Before her arrests, Fonda compared the need to address climate change with the urgency Americans faced in the 1930s with the Great Depression.

“She was reported as saying: ‘Make no mistake. Change is coming whether we like it or not, by disaster or by design.’

“Meanwhile, when Waterston was asked by one reporter beforehand if it was the right move to get arrested to highlight the issue, he replied: ‘I have to do something. I don’t know. You got a better idea?’

“The first arrest occurred on October 11 and saw Fonda getting led away by herself and not alongside any celebrity friends.

“Fonda was one of the most public faces in the anti-war movement throughout the years that the United States was in Vietnam, but drew the outrage of many in 1972 when she traveled to Hanoi in North Vietnam.

“After touring the area and being heavily photographed with the forces that the US were fighting, Fonda publicly attacked her country for bombing farmland and destroying the dyke system which was crucial to feeding much of the population.

“The United States denied ever carrying out such an action. She also supported the Black Panthers and marched for the rights of Native Americans, soldiers, and working mothers.

“In 1970, she went to Fort Meade to hand out anti-war pamphlets to soldiers but was arrested before she was able to.

“She and her then-husband, social and political activist Tom Hayden, were also often pictured at anti-nuclear demonstrations.”

Sam Waterston, Fonda’s “Grace and Frankie” co-star who garnered fame on “Law & Order,” was also arrested during a protest with Fonda earlier this month. I quit watching “Law & Order” years ago as well as “Special Victims Unit” because of this political stupidity. I haven’t missed it a bit.

Guess Danson has been a radical activist for a long time just as Fonda has been. My bad, I didn’t even notice. Meh.

A USCP spokesperson told CNN that 32 people were arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating in the intersection of East Capitol and First Streets” and were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.

“The oceans are rising, and so are we,” the “Good Place” and “Grace and Frankie” actors could be seen chanting with fellow protesters. Pity you can’t be arrested for being an idiot but then there would be severe overcrowding from an event like this.

The Daily Mail, CNN, The Hill, Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter

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