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Cole Sprouse Alleges Arrest Over Black Lives Matter March On Instagram

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By Rima Pundir

On Sunday, "Riverdale" star Cole Sprouse supposedly took part in a Black Lives Matter march in Santa Monica and got arrested for his efforts. While the world took to hating him for his and Lili Reinhart's alleged breakup, Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones in "Riverdale" is hardly sitting still and licking breakup wounds, he's out there, trying to make a difference. And he shared his story on Instagram, making sure to point out to fans and followers alike that this narrative was not about him, but about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Arrested, Over A Peaceful Protest?

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Cole Sprouse / Instagram

Ever since the arrest and the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has come alive again. While some states are seeing violent clashes between protesters and the authorities, others are seeing peaceful protests with the men in blue also showing their solidarity with the crowd. Cole Sprouse was part of a Black Lives Matter march in Santa Monica on Sunday, and he stated on Instagram that they were arrested by the authorities, despite being a peaceful crowd.

Asked To Return, Zip Tied Instead

Cole Sprouse photographed by Alex Hainer
Cole Sprouse / Instagram

In his Instagram statement that carried a picture saying "Black Lives Matter", Sprouse said, "A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica." He continued by saying that the crowd was asked to disperse and given the option to leave. But when many turned back to leave, another line of police officers was lying in wait for them, blocking their way, and Sprouse said, "at which point, they started zip tying us".

The Arrest 'Not About Me'

Cole Sprouse photographed by Alex Hainer
Cole Sprouse / Instagram

Cole stated that he was sharing this story to make sure the media did not make the arrest about him, for he or any other celebrity was not bigger than the movement. What matters is that Black Lives Matter, and not that he was arrested. Said Sprouse, "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."

Sprouse Promised To Be A Black Lives Matter Ally

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Cole Sprouse / Instagram

Plenty of fans appreciated his post, with Cameron Monaghan writing, "Solidarity, Cole. Respect for the well-written message." And Cole's message was well-written indeed as he made sure to tell his fans that while he stood as an ally for the Black Lives Matter movement, his knowledge about the subject matter was far too little for him to say much about it. But he stands with the movement and plans to use his celebrity status in every way he can to help fund the movement. Read his full Instagram post below.

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