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Shailene Woodley Does Not Have Drugs in Her Butt, So Please Don’t Check

Shailene Woodley, actress, activist, protester, drug mule? Woodley was arrested at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest for criminal trespassing in October 2016. When police booked her at the Morton County jail, they were quite thorough. As she tells Marie Claire UK:

‘I was strip-searched. Like get naked, turn over, spread your butt cheeks, bend over. They were looking for drugs in my ass.’

This does not sound unusual if all the prison movies I’ve seen are to be believed. So not too weird. Weird would be if a booking officer took a flashlight and a really long and close examination. Hey, spreading your butthole for drugs, you’d just call this “Friday,” right?

Honestly though, great respect for Woodley. Putting her money where her mouth is by protesting, taking an active stance in politics, even potentially running for office. She told the NY Times recently:

“There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, ‘Huh, maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple years,’…And you know what? I’m not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.”

Sure, why not. Donald Trump, a reality star, is president. The Rock, an action star, might run for president in 2020. Kid Rock, a rock star, likely will run for Senate. The phrase “anything is possible” has never been truer.

The Marie Claire article goes into a lot of details about Woodley’s socially conscious living.

On minimalism: She stashed what little remained at friends’ houses around town – ‘Shai piles,’ they called them. The girl didn’t have a home, let alone a mobile phone. Lionsgate, the studio behind the Divergent series, eventually had to force a phone on her just so they could track her down.

On the environment: She recalls watching an elder fight to save Mauna Kea, a dormant, skyscraping volcano on the Big Island where the US government planned to install an 18-story high, $1.5 billion telescope on sacred ground. Two years of protests resulted in a voluntary halt of the project in 2015. ‘They stood on the mountain for months and held down the fort,’ she explains. ‘And they ended up winning the battle.’

On community activism: While [Bernie] Sanders may not have won the nomination, he inspired a revolution. These fiercely determined young people were all looking at Woodley and asking: Now what? So the actress and some friends started the organisation Up To Us, which provides infrastructure for community organising and helps make introductions between organisations. ‘There’s a misconception that, in order to start a movement, you need to have gone to college, or have a “name”, or look a certain way. But you don’t. We want to eradicate that narrative,’ she says.

On eating organic:  ‘Eating organic is obviously healthy for the longevity of our bodies,’ says Woodley. ‘But when we talk about GMOs, we have to address every aspect of what corporate dominion over our agriculture really means.’..When visiting a restaurant for the first time, ask the chef what farm the meat comes from. For news on fracking, follow voices like Mark Ruffalo, and Josh Fox, who directed Gasland, the Sundance award-winning documentary.

Asking the chef where meat comes from, that’s a lot of work. Besides, those McDonald’s workers never answer me when I ask them that. As long as my meat comes from, at the very least, meat byproducts, it’s all good. I’m fine with mashed-up cow faces and hooves because that’s why the universe gave use ketchup.

Stars like her and Milana Vayntrub (This is Us) have started up organizations that help out and try to make the world better for everyone. Sooo, it’d be really out of place for me to make a boob joke right now.

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