Daryl Hannah Arrested During Washington Protest
The actress fights to make the world a better place– even if it means getting arrested while doing it.
Celebs do have a tendency to get arrested fairly frequently; usually, though, they’re for things like punching party bus drivers (I’m looking at you, Matthew Fox). Not so for Daryl Hannah, though: The Kill Bill actress was nabbed in Washington, D.C. yesterday outside the White House during a sit-in protesting a pipeline expansion known as Keystone.
According to CNN, the expansion of the Keystone pipeline would significantly increase the amount of oil the US imports from the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta, Canada. While the Athabasca oil sands are a lucrative source of oil, the way that the oil is extracted isn’t so great for the environment
The Associated Press reports that before Hannah and more than 100 other protesters were arrested, the actress said that the protesters wanted to break the world’s dependency on fossil fuels. They called for clean energy investments to combat this problem. “We stand here today to just say no to slavery, to just say no to tar, sands, oil, and no to the Keystone pipeline,” she went on to say.
Nor is this the first time Hannah has been arrested for her activism. In 2006, she and Taran Noah Smith (Home Improvement’s little Mark Taylor grew up!) were both arrested for chaining themselves to a walnut tree at the South Central Farm in Los Angeles to protest the farmers’ eviction by the property’s new owner; then in 2009, she protested mountaintop removal in West Virginia. Hannah has also made efforts in the fight against sexual slavery, with the hope that an ongoing documentary will raise awareness about the issue.
It’s refreshing to see something like this in the news. Hannah clearly isn’t a woman who is afraid to try to make the world a better place; fame may be merely a side effect of having a career in the entertainment industry, but once you’ve got it, you may as well use it for a good cause. More power to you, Daryl Hannah!