Jane Fonda Among Those Arrested at DC Climate Protest

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Posted: Oct 11, 2019 5:25 PM
Jane Fonda Among Those Arrested at DC Climate Protest

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Sixteen people were arrested in Washington, D.C. on Friday during a climate change protest. One of them you may know, actress Jane Fonda.

Apparently she has similar plans for next Friday, and the Friday after that. She shared her schedule with The Washington Post in a recent feature.

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.”

The WaPo has deemed her "the Greta Thunberg of the octogenarian set." And she credits the teenage climate activist with her new call to action in the nation's capital. When she first heard Thunberg talking about climate change, "the urgency" to act "came into my DNA the way it hadn’t before.”

Thunberg's activism reached all the way to the United Nations this year, where she lectured world leaders for not treating climate change like a crisis. "How dare you!," she said once or twice. It was a bit much for some critics, including President Trump, who mocked her on Twitter.

While Fonda is an accomplished actress with multiple Oscars and Golden Globes, her career has also been followed by controversy. In 1972 she became the face of political controversy when she posed on top of a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. It earned her the nickname that's stuck ever since, "Hanoi Jane."