One of the more unexpected career moves in late 2019 has been Jane Fonda’s return to her roots. No, not the Broadway stage or exercise videos. The 81-year-old performer once derided (or celebrated, depending on your point of view) as “Hanoi Jane,” has spent the past two months taking direct action with the group Oil Change International, and getting arrested as a result.
“I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore — and even worse — empower — the industries that are destroying our planet for profit,” she stated on her website during her first arrest in early October.
Since then she has continued to bang the drum in the name of environmental awareness and activism, holding what’s been called “Fire Drill Fridays.” Fonda has been arrested a total of four times, and a fifth could get her a substantial stay in jail. (After her fourth arrest, she’s held back when the cuffs come out.) She brings the Hollywood spotlight to the cause, naturally, and this has led to some perhaps unexpected collaborators.
Yesterday’s protest included the first bonafide “wow, didn’t see that coming” cameo when Ian Armitage (Young Sheldon himself) made a speech on the Capitol steps.