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And now we will interrupt your Friday with this killer lead-in from CNN: “We got something weird happening in Washington, D.C.” News you can use! What is it, confused CNN anchor? “George Clooney is standing in the middle of a group of people.” Woah, that is, like, so weird! GO ON? Let’s see, the police appear to be arresting some people, yeah? “I don’t know if it was because of George Clooney or they’re on private property or if, you know, it’s a security risk or they were protesting too much.” Hm. Let’s go with, “because of George Clooney.” The Descendants was kind of annoying, right? What else can you tell us, CNN? “This must be an embassy. Do we know what this building is? We don’t know what this building is, but I would suspect they were protesting in front of some embassy dealing with Sudan.” Can the chyron that has been sitting on the bottom of the video this whole time confirm this guess?


Now here is some of that fancy “actual information” stuff, from MSNBC:

Actor George Clooney, long a political activist, was arrested and handcuffed outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington for protesting the country’s blockage of food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains area of the country, as well as its treatment of its people.

Clooney’s father, journalist Nick Clooney, 78, was with him and was also arrested, as were Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rep Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and former Rep. Tom Andrews (D-Mass.). The group was handcuffed with plastic handcuffs and were taken away by police.
Speaking before the large crowd that gathered to watch the protest, Clooney said “we need immediate humanitarian aid into Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”

He went on to say that the group wanted “the (Sudanese) government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them, and stop starving them.”

Sounds reasonable, which probably means the police are waterboarding George Clooney with pepper spray up the nose in a secret torture chamber right this minute. [CNN via TPMTV/ MSBNC]

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