George Clooney could win "yet another Golden Globe" for his "show," Sudan's embassy in Washington D.C. says about the actor's participation in a protest outside the building against the humanitarian crisis in the African country and his subsequent arrest.
The 50-year-old Oscar winner spent some time in jail on Friday, March 16, after he was detained. His spokesperson said Clooney and the other activists, which included his father, were "protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children."
Clooney spent about a week in Sudan earlier this month to raise awareness about regional violence. The visit was videotaped for the Enough Project (warning: graphic material). Clooney witnessed nearby rocket fire and visited survivors of attacks.
"Making sufficient use of his celebrity status, the 'Enough Project' and misguided congressmen yet again let loose George Clooney on the stage to mislead the American public on Sudan," Sudan's embassy said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "The actor put on quite the show that could possibly earn him yet another Golden Globe as he thoroughly played his role to perfection in a script that apparently ends in the lead actor's arrest."
Clooney has three Golden Globes, which he won for his roles in the movies "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "The Descendants" and "Syriana," a 2005 thriller that also earned him his first Oscar. The movie deals with international politics and conflict regarding oil.
Relations between residents of Sudan, which is mostly Muslim, and the oil-rich South Sudan, whose people are mostly Christian, have soured since a 2005 peace deal, which was signed after a 20-year civil war that killed more than 2 million people. Violence and disputes over oil production and distribution have risen, as has regional poverty.
The protesters say Sudan's president, is responsible for provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the border region with South Sudan. Clooney's spokesperson said the demonstrators were demanding that humanitarian aid be allowed into the country." U.S. officials say up to 250,000 Sudanese people face severe food shortages.
Sudan's embassy said regional insurgents, who seek to overthrow the president, were to blame for the violence against civilians, adding: "The government has since been delivering humanitarian aid to the citizens in order to mitigate the impact while also taking aggressive measures against the rebels in order to ensure security of the innocents."
The rebels accuse Sudan's government of provoking the fighting.
Sudan's embassy accused Clooney of breaking international law by entering several areas without permission, adding that "he not so surprisingly emerged with a scenario wholly divorced from reality as he appallingly took the side of one group and demonized the other half of innocent citizens - in effect raising tension."
"He ... manufactured a video littered with fabrications and exaggerations that can only once again inflame matters," it added. "In a population that numbers in the hundreds of thousands, his camera focused on two or three individuals to star in his skewed story. His attempts at being a 'Peacemaker' should remain on the big screen."