After the shocking murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, the US has been swamped with protests across states asking the government to take immediate and strict action against the officer who has now been suspended. Many celebrities along with common people took to the streets to protest the murder and hold up the importance of Black Lives Matter. And Riverdale star Cole Sprouse was among the many who did so. Talking about his experience he said while being a part of a peaceful demonstration in Santa Monica he was detained by the police. He took to Instagram to write a detailed account of what happened and specifically mentioned that it wasn’t a narrative about him. He recounted an incident where the police asked them to retreat or they would be arrested and when Cole along with other protesters did retreat there were other police officers blocking their exit and zip-tying them. Having said this, the actor said how his fellow demonstrators who were part of movement may have had a much harder time having been detained than him as a white male celebrity.
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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.
Just like Cole, a number of other celebrities like Ariana Grande, Nina Dobrev, and many others have turned up to protest against this racial injustice.