George Clooney has been arrested in Washington, D.C. during a protest over the Sudan crisis.
Clooney was leading a protest in front of the Sudanese embassy in D.C. when he was hauled away by secret service agents.
Clooney’s publicist Stan Rosenfield tells TMZ, “They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children. They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”
Sources connected with George tell us he feels good about the arrest because it puts the spotlight on the crisis.
We’re told a dozen people got arrested including congressmen, leaders of the human rights community, Sudanese citizens, and George’s father … Nick Clooney.
TMZ updated the story a few minutes later, saying that Georgie was arrested for crossing a police line:
Clooney was arrested for crossing a police line … which is a misdemeanor offense.
Clooney was arrested by the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service … but he’s currently being booked into a D.C. police station.
I guess you aren’t a hip, humanitarian celebrity unless you get arrested for protesting something humanitarian-related and … I don’t know, foreign.
No, I’m kidding. I agree with a lot of what Clooney and others have been peddling about the Sudanese offenses, because I really think we should all be taking care of one another – and that includes all of our international friends, too – but … meh. I’m just not one of those protesting types. And there was a Mitch Hedberg joke I once heard that pretty much sums the way I feel up entirely: “I’m against picketing, but I don’t know how to show it.” Smooth, right?