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After meeting with President Obama, testifying on Capitol Hill about Sudan’s humanitarian crisis, and being arrested during a planned protest, actor George Clooney made the rounds on the Sunday talk show circuit to discuss the violence in the border area between Sudan and South Sudan.
Clooney appeared on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, NBC’s Meet the Press and Fox News Sunday on Sunday.
The Oscar-winning actor was arrested on Friday after participating in a planned protest with his father and several congressmen outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. He was released later that day, and spoke to the press soon after.
On Fox News Sunday, Clooney credited his upbringing for sparking his passion in humanitarian issues.
“I grew up in a family that believed that … your job was to be involved with your fellow man,” he said. “You have a responsibility to participate in the human condition, one way or another.”
Last week, Clooney testified on Capitol Hill, saying that a joint diplomatic action by the U.S. and China would be the best way to stop the violence in the Sudan brought on by the country’s president, Omar Al-Bashir, who is an alleged war criminal. Clooney said that because China receives six percent of its oil from Sudan, this is also an economic issue.
Clooney said on NBC’s Meet the Press that he could “have a lot more influence” as an activist rather than as a politician.
“No super PAC has given me money,” he said. “There is no outside influence for me. I can actually have an opinion and it may not fit what the U.N. wants and it may not fit what other people want, and I can say, ‘This is what I think is right’ and stand by it.”
“I think it’s a lot easier than running for office,” he said. “I don’t have any interest in that.”
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