George Clooney says he would be ‘humiliated’ if his children one day asked him not to take a stand on the issues he is fighting for as an activist

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George Clooney attends “The Tender Bar” premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on 10 October 2021 in London, England.John Phillips / Getty Images for BFI

  • George Clooney shared that a motivating factor for his activist work is his family.

  • The actor appeared on the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” on Monday.

  • He said he would be “humiliated” if his children asked him in the future about being uninvolved.

George Clooney is a father who wants a legacy rooted in activism – and a legacy that will make his children proud.

The Oscar winner appeared in Monday’s episode of the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron”, where Moran asked Clooney about his role as an activist.

Clooney discussed how growing up as a child in the 1960s and early 70s gave several reasons, such as the women’s rights movement and the civil rights movement, to be actively involved in “who my parents were,” he said.

“My father’s one mantra was always to challenge anyone in power and always to defend anyone without power,” he said. “And if you do it in life, you win.”

Clooney, who shares 4-year-old twins Ella and Alexander with his wife, Amal Clooney, also attributes his activist work to his children and how they will look back at this point in history.

“I would be so embarrassed if my children in 20 years’ time look back at this moment in time and said ‘you were okay with this and you did not get up and say anything?'” Clooney said. “I would be humiliated by it.”

The “Tender Bar” director has previously opened up about how being involved in activism was something his parents had imprinted during an interview for his feature in People magazine’s “Person of the Year” 2020 issue.

“You should be involved,” Clooney told People about his early life. “My mother and father were involved, and so were we [taught] it’s your civic duty … I remember my father saying, ‘Do not come back and look me in the eye unless you stand up to [bullies and racists]. ‘ I’m glad I was raised that way. “

The actor’s marriage shares the same values. Amal Clooney is an international human rights lawyer. Together, the couple founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which fights for justice against human rights violations around the world.

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