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Lucy Lawless Hijacked an Oil Drilling Ship in New Zealand Yesterday

In her spare time, while not playing various warrior asskickers, Lucy Lawless is a Greenpeace activist. And yesterday, while we were all sitting around watching puppy videos, Lawless and six other activists hopped aboard a Shell drilling ship off the coast of New Zealand. Actually, they weren’t allowed to, so it’s technically a hijacking. They were protesting the potential environmental damage caused by oil drilling in the Arctic, where the ship was headed. Lawless and her fellow activists were threatened with arrest, but stood their ground. Because seriously, would you expect anything less from Lucy Lawless? She is a warrior princess — for the Earth.

Lawless live-tweeted the protest after illegally boarding the Noble Discoverer, and later admitted to MSNBC that she was “shell-shocked” that she was actually taking part in it. Despite her nerves, she defended her mission, but stopped short of calling herself an activist:

“…The world has been putting fossil fuels in the air and the scientists have been screaming from the rooftops. The fact that now the major oil companies are spearheading this mad oil dash to the Arctic, one of the most pristine environments left on the planet, it’s the definition of madness. They think the melting ice caps is not a warning to humanity about climate change—they think it’s an invitation. This is unacceptable. We cannot allow our grandchildren to grow up with a terrible burden. That’s what we’re doing here today. Hands off the Arctic!”

Lawless first became involved with Greenpeace in 1992 after playing an activist in The Rainbow Warrior. And now, a wife (of producer Rob Tapert) and mother of two, she uses her clout to stand against companies that she believes are causing irreparable damage to the planet. Shell, Greenpeace says, has a bad record on oil spills and killing animals. Because it’s the Arctic, Greenpeace also believes that a spill would be “nearly impossible” to clean up.

The protest was cut short by police, who said they respected a peaceful protest, but had to stop any law-breaking, and one person (not Lawless) was arrested. However, their effort did result in the ship being delayed for departure.

Top pic via Greenpeace

(via MSNBC, Blastr)

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  • Al

    She’s even more amazing than I thought!

  • Darrel Anderson

    Global warming is bogus, and activism to support that cause is wasted. Sorry.

  • Anonymous

     Enjoy the Republican kool-aid. 

  • Brad Hart

    Let this be a lesson not to fuck with Xena…

  • Anonymous

    Darrel is your other brother Darrel any smarter than you?I didn’t think so.Keep up the good work Lucy.

  • JoAnna Luffman

    I love when lawbreakers are vilif.. oh wait, that’s not what’s happening. 

    There are legal channels, people. Use them, or you run the risk of looking worse than the people you dislike. See as an example the joke that is PETA.

  • Saje Williams

    The legal channels don’t seem to be making any difference.  Money wins.  When one eliminates all legitimate means of addressing grievances, that only leaves those which would be labeled “illegitimate.”

  • JoAnna Luffman

    So that excuses it, then. So, if I don’t get legal satisfaction, then I’m within my rights to so what I deem proper to someone else? That is a recipe for anarchy. 

    Of course, these groups solicit funds, why don’t they have the money to get things done?

  • ZenPoseur

    I’m not in favor of hijacking anything, but Lucy Lawless hijacking an arctic drill ship is easily the least-bad kind of hijacking I can imagine.

  • ZenPoseur

    And also punneriffic.

  • ZenPoseur

    Of course, these groups solicit funds, why don’t they have the money to get things done?

    Greenpeace 2010 Gross Revenue: $27,816,784

    Shell Oil 2010 Gross Revenue: $368,056,000,000

  • Allison Cole

    It’s called civil disobedience, and it’s worked a few times before.

  • Bel

    Yes?  Yes.  Going to go with yes.

    It’s not a recipe for anarchy, it’s a recipe for revolution and accountable government and protest and all of that crap.  What, you think people should be obliged to follow their governments regardless of whether or not those governments serve them?

  • DeeR

     Enjoy the Leftist “Jonestown” Kool-aid

  • Brian Murray

    Actually, for U.S. citizens, you are within your rights. It’s a little known part of the second amendment. Along with our right to bear arms is the right to overthrow our government. Who is big oil but the controlling corp of the republican party?

  • Ariel Wetzel

    She’s in NZ.

  • Ariel Wetzel

    Look, “legal channels” are designed by the elite to keep the elite in power.  Most progressive change granted through “legal” means come after pressure from activists, including people who do civil disobedience.  Read up a little.

  • Ariel Wetzel

    Lucy and her crew are still up on the oil tanker!  Follow her twitter @RealLucyLawless:twitter 

  • ZenPoseur

    Mary Sue Comment Trolls:  Explicitly restating the subtext of the joke and calling it wit since 2011.

  • Anonymous

    I understand protesting, even illegally, when something angers and frustrates you. But, unfortunately it takes up a news spot for about 15 minutes, and then its over, and nothing (very rarely) changes. Plus, most of the younger gen dont watch the news and this story wont impact them, and they are the ones that need to be impacted!

    Real change unfortunately takes a lot of time and patience, and via legal channels. Let’s face it, we have not yet come up with a sufficient substitute for oil. Millions of people still want it, and the oil companies are just giving us what we want, and then we are blaming them for it.

    What would be  more substantial would be if she toured countries and talked to the younger generation about how to “conserve” our oil, like carpooling, riding bikes, buying cars that are fuel efficient, showing how the environment is being impacted locally, not a million miles away from them. We have to work with what the times are giving us.  This will teach our younger generation, who will inevitably have to deal with a problem more series than we have right now, a lifestyle change that if a vast majority of people participated in, would save a lot oil resources.

    We all want to get mad and scream our heads off sometimes, but it doesn’t get us what we want. We have to be smart, resourceful and work with the companies that we feel are causing the problems.

  • Adam Whitley

    I remember the days when trolls used to have standards.

  • Adam Whitley

    you can affect change without having to wait for legal channels to solve a crisis but you have to go all the way. What they needed to do was make the craft inoperable.

  • Anonymous

    That would result in time and energy being taken away environmental conservation, and turn it towards lengthy and expensive legal battles.  During which time the company could be sending the next boat.

    Rash actions always cause far more problems than it solves. And it makes everyone angry and in no mood to negotiate.

  • Adam Whitley

    There’s not a lot of room to negotiate, they need to stop destroying the planet and they need to stop right now. If enough damage is caused they won’t be able to make up the costs. Ideally the problem should be attacked from every angle possible.

  • Anonymous

     Your absolutely right, and it’s hard to get everyone on the same page when we all lead different lives. But I think education, education, education will help exponentially.

  • Anonymous

    You might want to update and correct your blog. Lawless is mother to two sons and a daughter. The ship was delayed by a day. And Lawless, along with the other remaining protesters, was indeed arrested.