Shailene Woodley was arrested for protesting a massive oil pipeline project in North Dakota, People reports. Because Shailene Woodley is better than us. The 24-year-old Divergent star was among 27 people arrested at a construction site in Bismarck, North Dakota yesterday and charged with criminal trespassing and "engaging in a riot." She also broadcast the protest, including her arrest, on Facebook.

The riot police are arriving

Posted by Shailene Woodley on Monday, October 10, 2016

“But why am I being arrested and no one else here is,” she asked the police in the video. “Is it because I’m famous? Is it because people know who I am?” There were about 200 people at the protest, 27 of whom were arrested, according to police.


But though being famous could get you arrested at a protest, fame has its perks too, because the actress was released from jail later that day.

“Shailene Woodley has been released from the Morton County Jail in North Dakota," her rep told People on Monday. "She appreciates the outpouring of support, not only for her, but more importantly, for the continued fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline."

Native Americans have been protesting to stop the construction of the pipeline, which starts in North Dakota and spans four states, saying it will damage sacred land and harm the environment. A petition posted on claims that the pipeline “will poison our river and threaten the health of [the] community when it leaks.”


Woodley has been actively involved in protesting the pipeline for the past week, and has documented it all on social media, starting with this Instagram post a week ago:

She wrote in the caption:

just landed back in the US after being overseas for 2 weeks to THIS horrifying news. America, wake the fuck up. this is atrocious. and it's no ones responsibility but OURS. yes, our government, our politicians, and our police force can act in corrupt manners, but it's because we haven't been holding them accountable. take notice of the brilliant work #blacklivesmatter is doing. and the resiliency #sacredstonecamp has garnered. across our nation, people are rising. standing tall and demanding a change. so let us join them. at all costs. to stand up in the face of corrupt adversity is the ONLY path to change. no one will do it if WE don't. let us not let photos like this pass us blindly. let us repost these images, talk about them, print them, send them to the White House and congress, call our representatives. and, above all else, let us pray for hearts to be opened and eyes to be broadened to see the underlying truth: we are all one. time is NOW. #UpToUs from @frankwaln -#NoDAPL: "This is what our Protectors face as they work to defend the water and land. This photo was taken today were law enforcement had shotguns and semi-automatic rifles aimed at our relatives AND had planes spraying tear gas above the crowd! Shits bananas. #NoDAPL#WaterIsLife #KeepItInTheGround" (via#InstaRepost @AppsKottage)


That shit IS bananas. Keep up the good work, Woodley! We'll keep cheering you on from the comfort of our couches.

Sources: People