It's been some time since she's been in a movie that anyone's paid attention to, but who said Daryl Hannah can't even get arrested? She and about a hundred other people were rounded up in front of the White House earlier in the week. They were sitting on the sidewalk and refused to move when ordered by police. The group was protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed 1600-plus mile oil pipe that would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
She was fined $100 and released.
Margot Kidder has also voiced her opposition to the project. You remember Margot Kidder. She played Lois Lane in a 'Superman' movie. As far as I know, and I don't follow the goings-on in Hollywood all that closely, she can't even get arrested.
I'll be honest. Most of what I know about the Keystone XL pipeline project I've learned in stories about this recent protest so suffice it to say I'm not even remotely qualified to judge whether or not the project is the best thing since short-sleeved shirts or whether it's a huge enviornmental catastrophe just waiting to happen.
Thing is, as little as I know about the project, I'm always fascinated when I see famous people...actors, musicians, athletes...voicing their opinion on social, environmental, or political issues. Take Alec Baldwin. He wants to run for an office. Not sure which one yet.
Of course we're all entitled to our opinion. I'm just curious about what it is that makes famous people think theirs carries any more weight than any one else's. I get that they're famous so they have ready access to cameras and microphones and the attention of those who wield them. What I don't get is what makes them think that because people will buy their songs or pay to watch them hit a ball pretty far or buy a movie ticket to see them pretend they're someone else, what about any of that offers such imagined validation?
As I mentioned, I didn't know all that much about this pipeline project before all this. But now that I know how Daryl Hannah feels about it...