Actor James Cromwell recently glued himself to a Starbucks counter to protest the cost of plant-based milk. A long-time animal-rights activist and climate-change advocate, the Babe and Succession star was reportedly behind protests in conjunction with activists from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) at a midtown Manhattan Starbucks, where he glued his hands to the counter in protest of the additional charges that the coffee chain charges for milk that is dairy-free.
Wearing a “Free the Animals” T-shirt, Cromwell sat on the counter and read a statement in which he criticized Starbucks on its milk pricing. The entire event was broadcast via Facebook Live. “When will you stop raking in huge profits while customers, animals, and the environment suffer?” Cromwell screamed out. He then glued his hands to the counter and “later used a knife to scrape it off.”
No arrests were made.
A Starbucks spokesperson stated that prices on non-dairy milk differ depending on the market. “Customers can customize any beverage on the menu with a non-dairy milk, including soymilk, coconutmilk, almondmilk, and oatmilk for an additional cost (similar to other beverage customizations such as an additional espresso shot or syrup). Pricing varies market by market,” the spokesperson explained.
In 2018, at the peak of Donald Trump's presidency, James Cromwell called for “revolution” as well as “blood in the streets” to end the Trump reign. “This is nascent fascism. We always had a turnkey, totalitarian state–all we needed was an excuse, and all the institutions were in place to turn this into pure fascism,” James Cromwell said in an interview with Variety. “If we don't stop [President Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real. Then there will be blood in the streets.”
Cromwell later took his words back. “Not promoting violence, voting against it. You will never see me raising a fist. I'm a pacifist. My words were taken out of context. I'm worried about the blood of the dissent, protesters, more children shot at school, people shot while praying, for who they love and who they are.”
Cromwell also spent a weekend in the Orange County Jail in July 2017 after protesting against an orca exhibit on display at the SeaWorld located in San Diego.