I hope, when I am finally a senior citizen, I can enjoy anything as much as Jane Fonda seems to enjoy protesting climate change inaction in Washington D.C. and subsequently being thrown in jail for blocking a street.
I hope, when I am finally a senior citizen, I can look as good in a coat as Jane Fonda looks in her fire engine-colored trench on Fire Drill Fridays, the day which is surely blocked off in her assistant’s calendar as “J saves world, gets locked up.”
I hope, when I am finally a senior citizen, I can enlist a rotating cast of beloved television actors to accompany me on my weekly errands like Jane Fonda has enlisted Sam Waterston and, this week, Ted Danson, on her express train to the clink.
I hope, with the way that climate change is going, that I actually get to be a senior citizen at all. Jury is still out on that one. But the verdict has come back on Jane Fonda’s campaign to protest in favor of governmental action on climate change and, for the first time in any court, it’s all 10s.
Fonda has pledged to keep protesting every Friday for the rest of the year, which is a commendable commitment to civic engagement, our planet, and my constant delight. Jane Fonda heard that we missed Summer Fridays and is serving us Civil Disobedience Fridays instead. I checked with my lawyer and it seems I have the right to stan.
Not only is she making good on a commitment to our planet, but she is having a blast doing it. Jane heard Felicity Huffman got let out of jail after 11 days today and was like, “Good, more room for me!”
Pictured above: me finally being sent to the hoosegow after one too many thirst tweets about Idris Elba. Worth it. For the planet!
I love that Jane Fonda is treating her climate change protest like she’s casting her own personal Ryan Murphy series full of well-regarded former stars. After attending sans celebrity sidekick on her first week, Fonda brought her Grace & Frankie co-star Sam Waterston the next week. Both were arrested. Someone call Angie Harmon on Law & Order, please.
This week her special guest star was The Good Place‘s Ted Danson, who also looked tickled pink to be thrown in the clink. I love that these celebs are staying involved politically and I also love that Jane Fonda seems to be starring in an anthology series about a woman who keeps getting arrested in parallel universes with stately men. It’s like Russian Doll meets Prison Break and I want it to run for a decade.
Who’s next up on Jane Fonda’s Slammer of the Stars? Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck, perhaps? Quantum Leap‘s Scott Bakula? ALF?
Or perhaps she pivots and invites Judith Light, Candice Bergen, and Tina Yothers to join her in the Celebrity Calaboose. Would I hate that? Absolutely not! I never thought I’d say this, but lock Tina Yothers up (in this one specific instance and literally no others).
Jane Fonda’s Prison Party is a combination of my two favorite things: the stars of my youth and the unresolved question of any possible future. What a time to be alive(?), civically engaged, and fame-adjacent!