James Cromwell may look like Santa’s dad, but he’s actually only 77 and he’s got a lot of life in him. But instead of taking an elderly skydiving tour or signing up for an Intro to Snapchat class like some active seniors might, he’s out there fighting for what he believes in. That fighting has also gotten him in a bit of trouble. Earlier this month, James was sentenced to a week in jail after refusing to pay a fine stemming from an arrest at a proposed natural gas plant in Wawayanda, NY. James protested again yesterday, but this time he was fighting for the whales.
James and his friends from PETA protested the Orca Encounter whale show at SeaWorld in San Diego, CA on Monday (or as PETA calls it, Boycott SeaWorld Day). James got real with the audience about “premature orca deaths and marine mammal suffering.” A video of the protest was live streamed on PETA’s Facebook page. PETA is known for stunts and truly tacky ads. So I’m a little surprised PETA showed such restraint and didn’t also release an ad featuring a naked James Cromwell with his bits strategically covered by a whale tail.
SeaWorld’s reputation has been in the toilet for the past couple of years, thanks to films like Blackfish and celebrity boycotts.
Variety says that James was arrested. However, San Diego police tell The Hollywood Reporter that James wasn’t arrested, but removed from SeaWorld and cited for trespassing. After James and the protesters were removed, SeaWorld continued with the show. This all went down on the same day SeaWorld announced their newest orca calf Kyara had died.
I doubt James Cromwell is worried about this latest scuffle with the cops. James doesn’t want those whales in captivity any more than I’m sure those whales want to be there turning tricks for humans. I really took a bummer turn there, I know. I guess if there’s anything funny about this story, it’s that I never would have predicted that in 2017, a list of celebrities repeatedly tangling with the law would include James Cromwell. And also the fact that those shirts James and his friends wore to protest yesterday totally makes them look like the team to beat in an activist baseball league.