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Who does one call when fighting the injustices of Sudan where there are allegations of genocide, a president indicted by the international criminal court and a mistreated south seceding from the north of the country?
Mother, of course.
Well, that was the case for George Clooney, who said that he called his mother from jail.
The Descendants actor was arrested last Friday at a protest outside Sudan’s embassy in Washington.
He later revealed that he used his one phone call while in jail to contact his mother.
“My mum. Something never changes,” Clooney told TMZ when the website asked who he phoned following his arrest.
The 50-year-old commented on his arrest after he was released, telling reporters that the incident will go on his permanent record.
The protesters accuse Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan.
Clooney, his father Nick Clooney, and others were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy. Those taken into custody included civil rights leaders Ben Jealous, Martin Luther King III, and actor and comedian Dick Gregory. Several members of Congress also were arrested.
They were handcuffed and placed in a US Secret Service van. Clooney was released several hours later after paying a $100 fine.
Clooney has also revealed himself to be a modern-day Elizabeth Taylor.
He told CNN: “I’m the son of a newsman, and I grew up around the news.”
Clooney recalled a time in the 1970s when his father would have his stories bumped from the air by celebrity coverage of Elizabeth Taylor.
After reading about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur in 2006, Clooney called his dad.
“I said remember when all your stories used to get bumped?”
“So let’s go to Darfur, you’ll be the newsman and I’ll be Liz Taylor.”
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