Jane Fonda, the famous actress, activist, and fitness enthusiast was arrested in Washington DC outside the US Capitol for climate change. The ‘Grace and Kelly’ actress has been doing the protest every week at the same place. This time her co-actor Sam Waterson also joined her who was also arrested alongside. Both the veteran actors were taken away by the policemen in handcuffs. Based in Los Angeles, Jane Fonda had formerly declared that she wanted to relocate to Washington DC so that she could actively pursue activism in the capital city. Jane Fonda and Sam Waterson were arrested when they were protesting outside the US Capitol Building.
While speaking to the Fox News reporters, Jane Fonda said,
‘So, I moved here to do an action every Friday called ‘Fire Drill Friday’ because Greta Thunberg says ‘our house is on the fire we have to behave appropriately. So, we have a fire drill every Friday and every Friday at 11:00 we will have a different focus on climate.’
According to Jane Fonda, the arrest did not scare her. In fact, it brought her more media attention and raised the visibility of the crisis. According to Jane Fonda, climate change was a reality. Through the protest, she wanted to bring the issue to the world through active protests, civil disobedience, and non-violent disobedience movements.
At the Police Station, she mentioned that she and her fellow protestors were now planning and organizing their next move.
In conversation with Los Angeles Times, Jane Fonda mentioned that she had taken the time off from her famous Netflix series ‘Grace and Kelly’ to spend some time protesting for the cause. Getting arrested was also no surprise for her as she already wanted this to happen and highlight the cause. She vowed to get arrested every Friday while speaking to CNN.
According to Jane Fonda, Greta Thunberg inspired her to work for the cause.
Jane Fonda is not only the woman behind the famous aerobics revolution in fitness, she is also an ace actress who has won many prestigious awards like two Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and the Honorary Golden Lion. This is not the first time Jnae Fonda has bene involved in activism. She was also politically vocal during the Vietnam war due to which she was also blacklisted in Hollywood. Jane Fonda protested against the Iraq War and violence against women. Being a staunch feminist, Jane Fonda co-founded Women’s Media Centre to enhance the voices of women in media.