George Clooney was arrested this morning, and unlike most celebrity arrests, it didn’t involve stealing a necklace, throwing an iPhone through a window or selling coke.
Clooney was protesting outside the Sudan Embassy in Washington, D.C., where he crossed a police line and was arrested along with his father.
He just bailed out of jail for $100, and I really hope he can somehow manage to pay that off through the years.
Clooney was arrested by U.S. Secret Service agents after he refused to move away from the Embassy’s protected area.
SECRET SERVICE #1: Joe! Less iPhone action and more handcuff action. What the f-ck are you doing?!
SECRET SERVICE #2: Updating my Twitter, fool! It’s Clooney! ...hashtag...humblebrag.
We should tell you what Clooney was protesting, otherwise, it sort of just makes the whole thing pointless. He was protesting the Sudanese government’s blockade of humanitarian aid to South Sudan.
“They are proving themselves to be the greatest war criminals of this century, by far,” Clooney said in a Senate hearing on Thursday. The hearing covered President Omar al-Bashir and two other Sudanese officials that have been indicted by the International Criminal Court over the ongoing atrocities in Darfur.
In Darfur, over 300,000 people have been killed by Sudanese militia, prompting the U.S. to declare the crisis a genocide. And the violence in South Sudan is reminiscent of the Darfur Genocide.
Clooney has said in the past that he wants to draw attention to al-Bashir and his atrocities to “make him famous.” He was reportedly happy about the arrest because he knew it would put a spotlight on Sudan. So you should find it in your heart to care about this stuff. If for no other reason, because George Clooney said so.
After he was released, George joked about his time in jail: "Really rough you can imagine ... Have you ever been in a cell with these guys?"