Jane Fonda accepts BAFTA award while being arrested during climate change protest

This is Fonda's third time being arrested for protesting climate change inaction. Her protests are now getting the meme treatment.


Alexandra Samuels


Posted on Oct 26, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 12:31 am CDT

Actress Jane Fonda accepted her BAFTA award while being led away in handcuffs. Fonda and actor Ted Danson were arrested during a climate change protest on Friday. 

The 81-year-old received the Stanley Kubrick Award for excellence in film at the annual BAFTA Britannia Awards. She was not able to accept her prize in person, so she recorded a video message instead. 

On the recording, the audience sees Fonda being arrested in Washington, D.C. as she shouts “BAFTA, thank you,” while being led away. “I’m very honored,” she later adds. Previous winners of the award include Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, and Meryl Streep.

Fonda previously cited Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as her inspiration for returning to political activism.

“It so traumatized her that she stopped speaking and eating,” Fonda said, according to the Washington Post. “And when I read that it rocked me, because I knew that Greta had seen the truth. And the urgency came into my DNA the way it hadn’t before.”

“Greta said we have to behave like it’s a crisis. We have to behave like our houses are on fire,” she said. Fonda also moved to D.C. to be more involved in the fight for climate change. 

To make matters even more interesting, Fonda plans to get arrested every Friday—until she has to film another season of Grace and Frankie—for the cause.

“I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday,” Fonda said.

This is Fonda’s third time being arrested while protesting climate change, and she always brings famous friends with her to the protests. Her protests are now getting the meme treatment. 

“If you are an actor over 70 and you haven’t been arrested with Jane Fonda your status is slipping boo,” writer Rachel Syme tweeted.


H/T the Guardian

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*First Published: Oct 26, 2019, 1:11 pm CDT