From super hero to leftist crackpot…
Xena: Warrior Princess is busted at Shell oil ship protest.
Lucy Lawless, most famous for her leading role in “Xena: Warrior Princess” in the ’90s fantasy adventure series, was arrested over the weekend. Lawless had spent four days protesting on board a Shell oil ship with a group of six other environmental activists. The protest, organized by Greenpeace, was staged to raise awareness of oil drilling in the arctic. The global environmental organization opposes the drilling in New Zealand.
During the protest, Lawless live-tweeted what she was experiencing including, for example, “Seven of us came up the tower on Shell’s drillship, but 4 days later 130,000 will come down. In solidarity we can #savethearctic.” The protesters had to deal with the elements while atop the ship. The wind gusts proved difficult to withstand, but the activists held their ground. Chairman for Shell New Zealand, Rob Jager, said the protest had put people in danger. Jager also said he was disappointed that Greenpeace had not joined his company in a “productive conversation” about the drilling issue instead of protesting.
Lawless told the Associated Press that she got involved because she felt compelled to take a stand against oil drilling in the Arctic and global warming. However, the protest was brought to a halt when all of the activists were arrested and charged with burglary. Since then, more than 100,000 messages have been sent to Shell opposing its upcoming Arctic drilling plans. One supporter tweeted, “She may not be Xena in real life, but she is fighting for what she believes in.” Another person tweeted that Lawless is a “true warrior princess.”
In this photo provided by Greenpeace, actress Lucy Lawless joins activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki, New Zealand, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. Lawless, a native New Zealander, best known for her title role in “Xena: Warrior Princess,” climbed the oil-drilling ship bound for the Arctic to try and stop it from leaving. (AP/Greenpeace)