WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Variety has confirmed that ‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix was among those arrested during the Fire Drill Fridays protest hosted by Jane Fonda in Washington, D.C.
- During the demonstration, Phoenix marched and gave a speech calling out the meat and dairy industry for its contribution to climate change.
- Fonda uses her Fire Drill Friday to promote a different cause; this week’s topic focused on the importance of fighting the climate crisis.
Following his Golden Globe win for best actor in the movie drama “Joker”, Joaquin Phoenix was arrested together with other fellow protestors on Friday during Jane Fonda’s “Fire Drill Fridays” in Washington, D.C., Variety reported.
Joining hundreds of others including celebrities Martin Sheen, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Susan Sarandon in the protest, the animal rights activist marched and stood alongside Fonda to give a speech.
Each week, Fonda’s Fire Drill Friday focuses on a different cause. This week, the theme is centered on holding financial institutions answerable for their part in financing the fossil fuel industry.
Described by Fonda as “one of the greatest living actors today”, Phoenix said: “I think sometimes we wonder what we can do in this fight against climate change and there’s something that you can do today, right now, and tomorrow, by making a choice about what you consume.”
Joaquin Phoenix: “I struggle so much with what I can do [to combat climate change] at times. There are things that I can’t avoid — I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits.” pic.twitter.com/RaZILYq0La
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2020
He added saying, “I struggle so much with what I can do [to combat climate change] at times. There are things that I can’t avoid. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits.”
Previously, Phoenix thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for acknowledging the relation between animal agriculture and climate change during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. He was the one who persuaded the organization to serve its first ever plant-based menu at the awards ceremony.
— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) January 10, 2020
A total of 147 protestors were taken into custody for unlawful demonstration by the United States Capitol Police. Last October, stars like Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, Rosanna Arquette, Sally Field and Catherine Keener who have participated in the Green New Deal protest were arrested for civil disobedience.
Although Fire Drill Fridays say this will be Jane Fonda’s last at the Capitol, the 81-year-old actress and longtime activist assured that more will follow in the future.