Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the “celebvocate”.
Just about every day on Capitol Hill we are visited by the glitterati of the left coast who troll the halls of government in, what we used to call in my impetuous youth, “going to court clothes” to back one cause or another.
Everyone gets very excited. This is not to say that DC isn’t filled with its own brands of celebrity; ours are just not as shiny or glamorous as the ones from Hollywood.
A lot of us journalists cast a cynical eye on the march of the beautiful people, and it is difficult to take some of the Hollywood types seriously.
Occasionally though we are treated to a bona fide movie star who puts himself in harm’s way to risk his life to bear witness to a cause.
Ok, I won’t kid you. A big fan of Mr. George Clooney, I was only too happy to make his picture when he came to Washington to throw his support behind the United to End Genocide and Enough Project NGOs. On their behalf he appeared at a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing to discuss “Sudan and South Sudan: Independence and Insecurity.”
Clooney testified about his harrowing trip to the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan with Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast. There he personally experienced a rocket attack, courtesy of Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir who will go down in history as one of the most vicious war criminals of this century.
A couple of days later Mr. Clooney protested outside the Sudanese embassy and was arrested alongside his father, veteran newsman Nick Clooney.
The pride and love were apparent as George watched his father get handcuffed.
I send a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Clooney for using his celebrity to shine a spotlight on the slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Sudan and hope that the world does not turn its back on this humanitarian crisis.