Jane Fonda: Teenage Activist Greta Thunberg ‘Inspired Me' to Protest Climate Change

November 8th, 2019 10:47 AM

Liberal activist and actress Jane Fonda continues to push global warming politics and get arrested in Washington, D.C. every Friday as part of an ongoing effort to fight climate change, which she described as “an urgent crisis.”

In fact, the 81-year-old celebrity has even called on other famous people to join her in the nation’s capital, stating in an interview that she was “inspired” to take on the challenge by 16-year-old “climate warrior” Greta Thunberg.

According to an item posted by Seth Abramovitch, the senior writer for The Hollywood Reporter began his article by stating: “Hollywood, get off your keisters and join Jane Fonda in Washington.”

In that interview, Fonda stated that Thunberg “has never worn makeup, never gone to a hairdresser and doesn't buy new clothes,” which the actress considers “a good sign” that anything is possible regarding climate change. During Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Awards next week, the actress will receive an honor on the teenager’s behalf, as well as “reading a speech” from the young activist.

While discussing Fonda’s climate activism, the star of the Grace and Frankie comedy show on the Netflix cable channel told Abramovitch that she hopes “celebrities will read this and want to come join me” because “being arrested is ‘not scary,’ and participation by other stars ‘means a lot.’”

The Hollywood Reporter writer quoted Fonda as saying: “You don't necessarily have to get arrested, but even if you do, it's a misdemeanor. It's not a felony. You pay 50 bucks, and you get out.” Abramovitch then asked how Fonda was treated while spending 20 hours in jail, which happened because she has been arrested several times during her protests.

“I'm a white movie star,” she stated. “What are they gonna do? … I was treated fine. The conditions are not great, frankly, and you have to sleep on a metal slab. And I'm almost 82 years old, and I hurt.”

However, after the third arrest, “They gave me a court date in November,” she noted. “And because I was arrested again before my court date, that's when they said: ‘Well, you're going to have to spend the night in jail.’"

“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 -- so I'm not going to get arrested every time. They give you three warnings, and so I will step away at the third warning.”

When asked why she is sharing the stage with the liberal founders of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream company, Fonda replied: “They for decades have been very anti-military. They've focused on cutting Pentagon budgets and ending wars.”

As you might expect, the actress described climate change as “a ticking existential time bomb” and “a real catastrophe. The science tells us we have 11 years to make systemic changes in order to prevent it from becoming uncontrollable.”

NewsBusters previously reported that Fonda was cheered on during a visit to The View, where she declared that it’s too late for moderation to address problems caused by climate change.