The glamboy actor got himself arrested during a protest outside the Sudanese embassy this morning, along with several Democrat politicians and activists:
Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country’s president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal.
Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation’s dire humanitarian situation and the Obama administration’s policy. He led a protest today outside of Sudan’s embassy calling on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.
Also among those arrested were Clooney’s Father Nick Clooney, President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews, Congressmen Jim McGovern, D-MA, Al Green, D-TX), Jim Moran, D-VA., and John Olver D-MA, Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, and Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, according to a police statement.
An epidemic of related hashtags erupted as word spread around the world.
Most popular: #freeclooney. Twitter users were expecting the Kabuki arrested hours before it happened. Mixed response — and of course, an ample dash of Twitter snark:
George Clooney arrested? Quick! Check the casino vaults! Don't argue w/ me, just do it!—
PoliticalMath (@politicalmath) March 16, 2012