It’s Fire Drill Friday, which always sounds to me like a promotion put on by a club called The Brass Pole, where firefighters get in free before 11. That’s of course not what it is. Fire Drill Friday was created by Jane Fonda, who was inspired by TIME Person of the Year Greta Thunberg, to protest in Washington, D.C. every Friday in the name of climate change. But a side effect of her protest is seeing which famous person might get taken away in zip-ties at the end of the day. Today that was Joaquin Phoenix.
The Hollywood Reporter says that today’s FDF was Jane’s final protest, and a whole lot of famous people turned out for it. Alongside Jane, who has been arrested nearly half a dozen times, there was Susan Sarandon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Martin Sheen, Amber Valletta, and Joaquin. Joaquin brought up climate change when he accepted the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globe awards last Sunday, saying that it was everyone’s responsibility to “actually make some changes.” It was also revealed that he planned to reuse his Stella McCartney tuxedo all award season long. He’s also vegan. Joaquin brought his climate crusade to Capitol Hill today, and he decided to focus on the vegan part during an impromptu speech to the crowd.
Joaquin admitted that it was a bit hypocritical of him to fly to the event in a plane, and that he’s not sure what to do about that. The good news for Joaquin is that Jane is moving the FDF to California next. So, fire up your electric car, Joaquin. But one thing he can do to help is keep eating a plant-based diet. Joaquin encouraged everyone to make the change with him in an attempt to fight the meat and dairy industry’s effects on the Earth.
Joaquin Phoenix: "I struggle so much with what I can do [to combat climate change] at times. There are things that I can't avoid — I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits." pic.twitter.com/RaZILYq0La
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2020
He also marched with protestors.
— Bev Banks (@BevCBanks) January 10, 2020
As you can see by this mob of photographers, Joaquin was very popular at today’s Fire Drill Friday.
Things get H E C T I C with dozens of cameras tailing Joaquin Phoenix up the Capitol steps while police start to clear the area. He’s joined about 50 other people who’ve opted to stay behind the cordon and get arrested.#FireDrillFriday pic.twitter.com/9QqIsrd2eq
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) January 10, 2020
But because Jane’s FDF usually ends with a celebrity arrest, Joaquin was arrested. TMZ says Joaquin, along with Martin Sheen, were arrested and detained by police. Here’s a video of Joaquin cooperating with police as they take him away.
Joaquin Phoenix being led away at the capitol steps by the police at The Fire Drill Friday Protest today pic.twitter.com/oPkV5LWeA2
— Joaquin Phoenix Updates (@DailyJoaquin) January 10, 2020
Getting arrested at a Fire Drill Friday makes Joaquin a certified celebrity eco-warrior. Speaking of, a few years ago, it was rumored that Leonardo DiCaprio was trying to reboot Captain Planet. If that’s still on the table, it’s very clear who should be playing the titular role. He doesn’t even have to put in that much work. He loves the planet. He hates government polluters. All Joaquin is missing is his green Joker dye job, and he is Captain Planet. Well, at the very least, Captain Planet’s itchy-looking half-brother who says “fuck” and lot and smokes unfiltered cigarettes.