Here’s the Practical Reason Actress Jane Fonda Refused to Get Arrested This Week

If it’s Friday, Jane Fonda’s getting arrested.

The actress vowed last month that she would get arrested each Friday to protest the government’s lack of action on climate change, calling her effort “Fire Drill Fridays.” The 81-year-old has been protesting, and getting arrested, at the Capitol since October 11.

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Over the past month, other celebrities, including Sam Waterston and Rosanna Arquette, have been arrested with Fonda, officially being charged with unlawful demonstration as a result of joining Fonda’s protests.

Find out the practical reason why the actress refused to get arrested this week.

Fonda’s activist past

The activist has long been fighting for causes she believes in. Fonda isn’t one to shy away from taking part in rallies. She vehemently opposed the Vietnam War in the 1970s and has also expressed her dissatisfaction with President Trump. Her Vietnam War protests created a backlash against the actress, who was mockingly nicknamed “Hanoi Jane” by the press at that time.

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Fonda apologized later to veterans for a photograph showing her on an aircraft carrier in Vietnam that was used to bomb American soldiers.

She told Time last year, “Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad. It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.”

What inspired Fonda to start ‘Fire Drill Fridays’

The Grace and Frankie star has been taking part in speaking out about climate change and the need for immediate action. In fact, she moved to Washington, DC in order to be able to hold rallies on an ongoing basis.

The actress told Christiane Amanpour last month, “There is a collective crisis, requiring collective action. And so I decided to use my celebrity to try to raise the sense of urgency, and I moved to Washington, and I’m going to get arrested every Friday.”

Her current protests have been inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who addressed the United Nations in September with an impassioned speech calling on the world’s nations to act swiftly.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has also been similarly moved by the young environmentalist. He posted on Instagram after a recent meeting with Thunberg.

“There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways – but @GretaThunberg has become a leader of our time.”

Why Fonda wouldn’t allow herself to get arrested this time

The actress’ reason for refusing to be arrested when she’d done so with such glee for the last 4 weeks? It’s a practical reason. She has to get back to work.

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The Book Club star avoided a fifth consecutive weekly arrest yesterday. She departed from a Washington climate protest before police would arrest her.

“I have to be careful not to get to a point where they’re going to keep me for 90 days because I have to begin preparing for Grace and Frankie in January. They give you three warnings and so I will step away at the third warning.”

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