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James Cromwell talks about his activism

Actor James Cromwell served a brief prison sentence for refusing to pay a fine after a protest (ONTD post) and the Huffington Post caught up with him after.


  • served three days. The guards asked him if he was anxious about being raped, and if he was anxious to rape someone (WTF??)

  • became a civil rights activist after touring with the Free Southern Theatre group and its director John O'Neal in the sixties

  • became disconnected from activism in his mid-thirties

  • re-connected with it after filming Babe. He re-committed to vegetarianism and began protesting for animal rights. Was arrested at a Wendy's (for "trespassing") during a demonstration in 2001

  • Has since protested the Iraq war, broke into a University of Wisconsin board meeting to protest their animal experiments, has been booted out of fundraisers attended by gov. Cuomo and Nancy Pelosi, was arrested again protesting a facility which would store toxic materials near a drinking water source, etc

  • Went to jail rather than pay the fine to bring national attention to the cause through his celebrity, pimps the Protect Orange County website

  • Quote: "In the civil rights movement, in the anti-Vietnam [movement], in the black liberation movement, everyone knew there [were] consequences. As long as people understand that and say, ‘Yes, but what is the alternative?’ there will be no revolution."

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I rec reading the full interview, it's got great photos too.
Tags: actor / actress, american horror story (fx), interview
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