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Boner From 'Growing Pains' Arrested for Protesting Beijing Olympics

Mar 6, 2008 – 2:27 AM
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At the annual New Year's Day Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, some guy stepped in front of a float holding a sign and was promptly arrested. Not too newsworthy, right?

Except for the fact that the float was in celebration of the upcoming Beijing Olympics. And the guy was Andrew Koenig ... better known as Richard "Boner" Stabone on the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains.

Immediately following his arrest and nearly 10-hour detention by Pasadena police on New Year's Day, actor and filmmaker Andrew Koenig told this newspaper his decision to step out in front of a controversial Rose Parade float was, if not the easiest way to express his views, the absolute right thing to do. "I broke a law, but I didn't commit a crime," said Koenig, regarding the few seconds he had spent holding up a political sign before being hustled away by police.

Boner is an activist for victims of military force in Burma, which is ruled by a dictatorship that is funded by China. Boner was holding a sign that simply read "China: Free Burma". He has since been charged with "walking between parade entries" which holds no jail time and a maximum $100 fine.

Of course, Boner's lawyer is quite bent about his client being detained for so long (he was initially charged with interfering with a special event ... a misdemeanor) for such a small crime. Boner peacefully protested -- didn't harm anyone -- and was the only protester who was arrested along the parade route.

The basic stink is that the city was embarrassed by having someone do this ... and they have a lot of small little rules to try to keep this from happening. Boner broke one of those rules, so they tried to punish him.

Pasadena is a sister city with the Beijing district of Xicheng and there was a long of debate before the parade whether to allow the float.

No word if Skippy from Family Ties, Paul from the Wonder Years or Kimmy Gibbler from Full House were in on this, too.


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