Son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., high school student and Taylor Swift's ex, Conor Kennedywas arrested on Feb. 13 after he and a group of protestors attached themselves to the White House gate in a peaceful protest to bring attention to climate change.
After attaching themselves to the fence in front of the White House, blocking a main thoroughfare and refusing to move when asked by police, the activists were arrested.
18-year-old Conor joined 47 other celebrities, civil rights leaders and environmental activists including his father Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Daryl Hannah in order to get President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which they claim would carry "dirty oil" into the United States.
Many business and labor groups as well as republicans support the 1,700-mile pipeline as a source of jobs and a step toward North American energy independence. However those who concern for the climate say it is equivalent to "carbon bomb" that could trigger global warming.
He and his father are following a long line of Kennedys who are socially involved, and they’re now activists with the Sierra Club-America’s oldest and largest environmental group.
In an interview before his arrest, Sierra Club’s executive director Michael Brune said, “We want to send a strong message that we expect the president’s ambitions to meet the scale of the challenge and reject a pipeline that carries dirty, thick oil that contributes to global warming.”
As for Conor, he and his siblings have remained out of lime light in general only being exposed to media during their parents’ divorce in 2010 and Ms. Kennedy’s suicide in May of 2012. Conor Kennedy came further into limelight for his brief summer fling with singer Taylor Swift.