Nickelodeon Actress Arrested & Would Gladly Do It Again “in a Heartbeat”
There isn’t a person in the great country that is the United States of America that wasn’t affected by the recent 2016 presidential election, held on November 8, 2016. While there are plenty in support of President-elect Donald Trump — hence, why he was elected into office — many members of the Black, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ & more communities are in a state of shock and, even further, panic. What will this mean for the state of our nation? Is peaceful coexistence possible, what with all the racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic, xenophobic (among other things) events over the course of the past few days? Some don’t believe so, which is why you may notice all those protests happening in various cities.
One such city includes Los Angeles, California (a state in which the majority voted for Hillary Clinton). And that’s exactly where one Nickelodeon actress was arrested, and would gladly be incarcerated again “in a heartbeat.”
In a series of Instagram posts, Audrey Whitby, who you may know from her short stint on Disney Channel’s Liv & Maddie and/or her longer stint on Nick’s The Thundermans, informed her fans that she was taken into custody for participating in a peaceful protest (which is legal, BTW). “I’m a gangster with a rap sheet,” she began. “I will never forget last night. We were marching through the streets of [downtown LA] with like-minded people, making our young but loud voices heard. We were all there with the same purpose: equality and peace.”
The 20-year-old actress continued, “LAPD Officer Tony Im stated, “Once they start being disruptive is when we’re going to take enforcement action.” Those are definitely not the standards the rest of the LAPD followed.”
Audrey claimed that batons, tear gas and non-lethal guns were pointed at the protesters, including herself. “There it was. I was being arrested,” she stated. “What would my family think? What would my friends say? Did this make me a ‘bad kid?’ I looked around at the other detained protesters and realized we were a part of something incredibly important and bigger than ourselves and united in the idea that there is no freedom until we are all equal.”
She soon noted her Hillary pin, which struck the interest of an officer. “Did you even vote?” he asked. “Did you even support your candidate?” he followed up. She responded yes to both, but the officer was not done with his line of questioning. “What if you were in the car with your family, and you got hit by a drunk driver who was an illegal immigrant? he pressed. “I would feel the exact same way if the drunk driver was an American citizen,” was her response.
The banter went back and forth, and it still ended with a night of Audrey in handcuffs. But she takes it all in stride. “I realized that the scare tactic the police used on us had been the real punishment,” she explained. “I couldn’t believe it. Had this really happened? I smiled… because I knew I would do it all again in a heartbeat. #EqualityForAll”
Audrey Whitby wasn’t the only first-time voter displeased with the #ElectionResults: