The Guardian reports today that actor George Clooney was arrested alongside his father, journalist Nick Clooney, as well as Representative Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP president Ben Jealous.
“I’m just trying to raise attention,” Clooney told reporters as he was led away. With his hands tied behind his back, he addressed the plight of “innocent children” in Sudan. “Stop raping them and stop starving them,” he said. “That’s all that we ask.”
Clooney has tried a more traditional route of getting attention to the cause, as just the other day he appeared in front of the Senate to encourage the United States to help the victims of the “campaign of murder” in the Nuba Mountains.
Clooney and cameras snuck into the Nuba Mountains, where no cameras are allowed, to film some of the atrocities being committed against the men, women and children of the area. Four minutes of stunning video is being circulated to raise awareness of the genocide.
What do you think? Is George Clooney a good man, taking one for the team? Is it the duty of actors to get involved in politics? If not George Clooney, then who?
Warning, the video below contains graphic content.
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