George Clooney arrested: Twitter snarks #freeclooney

The glamboy actor got himself arrested during a protest outside the Sudanese embassy this morning, along with several Democrat politicians and activists:

Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs after storming the Sudanese Embassy protesting the actions of the country’s president Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war criminal.

Clooney made the rounds in Washington this week, hoping his superstar wattage will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation’s dire humanitarian situation and the Obama administration’s policy. He led a protest today outside of Sudan’s embassy calling on Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Also among those arrested were Clooney’s Father Nick Clooney, President of United to End Genocide and former Congressman Tom Andrews, Congressmen Jim McGovern, D-MA, Al Green, D-TX), Jim Moran, D-VA., and John Olver D-MA, Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous, and Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast, according to a police statement.

An epidemic of related hashtags erupted as word spread around the world.

Most popular: #freeclooney. Twitter users were expecting the Kabuki arrested hours before it happened. Mixed response — and of course, an ample dash of Twitter snark:

Wonder how many reporters are out waiting for George Clooney to get arrested. Anybody there?

— Michele Banks (@artologica) March 16, 2012

"It’s actually a humiliating thing to be arrested but i’m glad to be standing here with my father" said. #freeclooney

— Ece Sevim (@ecesevimm) March 16, 2012

#FreeClooney !!!!

— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) March 16, 2012

#FreeClooney arrest Bieber instead.

— Jo Rowling Net (@JoRowlingNet) March 16, 2012

#freeclooney please take Kim Kardashian instead!!!

— Nano PhD (@fermoreno) March 16, 2012

BREAKING: George Clooney finally arrested for making shitty movies. #tcot

— No One Important (@singingherpes) March 16, 2012

O, Brother Where Art Thou?…. Jail, apparently. #freeclooney

— jon connor (@jonconnorfilms) March 16, 2012

RT @KarlreMarks: Hint: when there's already an Egyptian satirical hashtag about a topic, it's no longer 'Breaking news'. #freeclooney

— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) March 16, 2012

George Clooney arrested and speaking out at the Sudanese Embassy: #freeclooney

— Ramy Yaacoub (@RamyYaacoub) March 16, 2012

It's very real. George Clooney in handcuffs. Picture .> v #FreeClooney for standing up for the rights of others.

— Asim Haneef (@Asimhaneef) March 16, 2012!/Legal_Chicanery/status/180682006240309248

Don't worry about Clooney's arrest. I'm sure it's just a distraction while the other 10 sneak into the vault. #FreeClooney

— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) March 16, 2012

so an arrested Clooney has gathered more momentum & condemnation than the Sudanese plight itself. Wild world. #FreeClooney

— Diala K. Lashin (@dialak11) March 16, 2012

Being a douchebag without a license. #ClooneyCrimes

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) March 16, 2012

#FreeClooney #sudan Protesting genocide & govt sponsored starvation

— Elizabeth Blackney (@MediaLizzy) March 16, 2012

#freeclooney in to my arms

— *_* (@MERTAKOZ) March 16, 2012

OBAMA SUPPORTERS calling to #FREECLOONEY & Freedom of Speech the Day after President Obama Signed BILL to take AWAY FREEDOM OF SPEECH #P2

— Right Hand Jab (@LEFTH00K) March 16, 2012

Me to @philipaklein, who is 100% absorbed in CBO docs: "Oh, it was a celebrity arrest, not a real arrest."

— David Freddoso (@freddoso) March 16, 2012

George Clooney arrested? Quick! Check the casino vaults! Don't argue w/ me, just do it!

— Political Math (@politicalmath) March 16, 2012

#freeclooney is a ludricrously funny hashtag

— Emma (@Emma_Campaigner) March 16, 2012

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