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Why George Clooney Got Arrested

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 16, 2012 at 2:03PM

Using your celebrity to raise awareness of an issue is one thing. Getting arrested for that purpose is another. That's what George Clooney, Liberal humanitarian activist, was willing to do Friday.
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George Clooney Arrested
George Clooney Arrested

Using your celebrity to raise awareness of an issue is one thing. Getting arrested for that purpose is another. That's what George Clooney, Liberal humanitarian activist, was willing to do Friday. He joined a protest with his father Nick and several U.S. Congressmen at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. The issue: the new Sudanese government is attacking rebels in the Nuba region of Sudan, and is blocking delivery of food aid there.

UPDATE: Clooney and his father have been released and spoke to reporters.

Here are CNN details:

So, the “demand” that George Clooney and the other protesters made to the Government of Sudan was to let humanitarian agencies access vulnerable people in the Nuba region.  Blocking food aid is a tactic that the Sudanese government used to destroy populations in Darfur, and now it is repeating that same tactic in the Nuba mountains.

George and the others got themselves sent to the slammer to draw attention to this very urgent humanitarian emergency.  Hopefully, people will take notice of the underlying reason why Clooney is spending his Friday afternoon in a DC jail cell.

Way to go George.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.