Joaquin Phoenix, Martin Sheen Take One for Climate Change

Stars arrested during DC climate change protest organized by Jane Fonda
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2020 8:00 AM CST
Next to Earn an Arrest in Jane Fonda Protests: the Joker
Actress and activist Jane Fonda hugs actor Joaquin Phoenix outside the US Capitol during a protest on climate change on Friday in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Two new stars have joined the likes of Sally Field, Sam Waterston, Rosanna Arquette, and Ted Danson, among others, in being detained by police for attending Jane Fonda's climate change protests in Washington, DC. Deadline reports Martin Sheen and Joker star Joaquin Phoenix were among the nearly 150 activists arrested Friday on Capitol Hill as part of Fonda's Fire Drill Fridays, although Fonda herself didn't take to the Capitol's steps (TMZ notes Fonda has already been arrested four times, and that a fifth arrest could lead to substantial jail time).

"Even the Joker believes in climate change!" Fire Drill Fridays tweeted. "Joaquin Phoenix calls out the meat and dairy industry for being the 3rd leading cause of the climate crisis." The group also posted a video of Sheen speaking to the crowd. "Clearly, the world will be saved by women," Sheen said to cheers. "Thank God they outnumber us men." TMZ and Deadline both note that a change of scene is in the works for the protests: Fire Drill Fridays will be leaving DC and heading to California next, with the first demonstration planned for Los Angeles on Feb. 7. This next round of protests will be organized by Greenpeace USA. (Read more Joaquin Phoenix stories.)

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