Recently, the whole of America was shaken by a scandalous video in which a police officer strangles a black man with his foot, not allowing him to get up and not responding to his requests for help. The detainee’s name was George Floyd, whose name is now known all over the world. It was his death that prompted many to rally in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement (black lives matter). One of these protests was attended by the star of the TV series “Riverdale” Cole Sprouse, who spoke about his involvement and arrest on Instagram.
“A group of peaceful Protestants, including myself, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. And before the insatiable media horde decides to squeeze a scoop out of this, we should talk about what really happened: black lives matter”,
– Cole wrote.
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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.
In addition, the actor said that the police did not give them the opportunity to leave, but blocked the road and surrounded them. Sprouse urged all his fans not to be silent about the problem that is now so acute in the American community.
“Due to the fact that I am a heterosexual white man, and even a public figure, the consequences of my detention are not put in any comparison with the consequences for other participants of the movement”,
– the actor admitted.
In addition to Cole, Ariana Grande and Halsey took an active part in the protests. Other celebrities, including Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Millie Bobby Brown used their social media platforms to help the #BLM movement spread among the population.