Actor Cole Sprouse surprised his fans Monday by revealing that he was arrested over the weekend.
Sprouse revealed on social media that he was among a group of protestors in Santa Monica, California, who were arrested over the weekend.
“A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica,” Spouse wrote in a message that he posted on Instagram Monday along with a black-lettered, yellow-background “BLACK LIVES MATTER” photo.
Sprouse, who stars in The CW’s teen drama Riverdale, captioned his Instagram post with an explanation of how his arrest came about.
“I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica,” he wrote. “We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested.”
Sprouse continued: “When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us.”
The protest in which Sprouse participated was one of many triggered by the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Minnesota man who lost his life when a police officer, who was putting Floyd under arrest, knelt on his neck and refused to release the pressure even as Floyd begged for air.
“Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest,” Sprouse wrote, adding, “The media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long-standing racist agenda.”
Not about me
Throughout his post, Sprouse insisted that he was not seeking attention for himself. “This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such,” he wrote.
He also said that this statement will be the last time that he speaks about what happened, explaining that “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 leaders of the #BLM movement.”
One wonders how Sprouse managed to come to the conclusions that he came to in his post — such as that rioting and looting are not just legitimate forms of protest but “absolutely legitimate” or that the death of Floyd is a sufficient reason for widespread destruction — if he isn’t sufficiently “well-versed.” Who knows — but, even though he isn’t “well-versed” enough to support his beliefs, he knows that he is doing the “right thing,” and to Hollywood, what else matters?