‘Protect survivors, not predators!’ Nickelodeon star leads protest following explosive documentary

Following an explosive documentary on the sexual abuse of children at Nickelodeon, former child star Alexa Nikolas led a protest outside the company’s studio.

The building is located in Burbank, California and the protest took place on Tuesday. It was live-streamed with protesters chanting, “Power to survivors!” and, “Protect survivors, not predators!”

They held up photos of former Nickelodeon staffers convicted of sexual abuse and executives who were accused of enabling predators at the company. One protester was seen holding a balloon that said, “Sickelodeon.” Nikolas brandished a sign charging, “Nickelodeon didn’t protect us.”

Nikolas starred in “Zoey 101.” She is one of many child stars at Nickelodeon who were part of Investigation Discovery’s “Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV.” It debuted on Sunday and concluded on Monday. Show materials claim the documentary covers Nickelodeon’s “abuse, sexism, racism, and inappropriate dynamics with its underage stars and crew.”

(Video Credit: Alexa Nikolas)

“This is a very monumental moment for child stars everywhere. We were so scared of these networks and the adults that we were working for for such a long time, and now we’re adults and we get to let them know how we feel,” Nikolas declared at the beginning of the protest.

The documentary addresses the sexual abuse of children committed by former Nickelodeon Assistant Jason Handy, Dialogue Coach Brian Peck, and Studio Freelancer Ezell Channel. Nickelodeon Showrunner Dan Schneider is also accused of allegedly abusing children and being guilty of misogynistic behavior. He created the shows “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “All That,” “Zoey 101,” and “iCarly.”

“Following the release of the documentary, Schneider appeared in a 19-minute video interview with BooG!E, who played T-Bo on iCarly,” Forbes reported.

“Watching over the past two nights was very difficult—facing my past behaviors, some of which are embarrassing and that I regret. I definitely owe some people a pretty strong apology,” Schneider stated during the video. “When I watched the show, I could see the hurt in some people’s eyes, and it made me feel awful and regretful and sorry. I wish I could go back, especially to those earlier years of my career, and bring the growth and the experience that I have now and just do a better job and never, ever feel like it was OK to be an a**hole to anyone, ever.”

(Video Credit: DanWarp)

Nikolas is not accepting Schneider’s apology.

“When someone doesn’t personally come to you and apologize, it’s not an apology,” she said. “If you hear about it through other people, it’s not really an apology, right? An apology is to the person that you hurt. That’s what an apology is for,” she asserted according to EW.

“I would’ve appreciated if Dan apologized directly to me,” she said. “He’s a bully, a meanie, and impacted my life, right? … Where’s a phone call of an apology? How come you can do all of this, how can everyone do all of this but not reach out to the person that they hurt?” Nikolas said in a lengthy response video.

(Video Credit: Alexa Nikolas)

“You don’t feel anything, Dan,” Nikolas continued. “You’re like every frickin’ privileged white male I’ve honestly ever met on set. You don’t even know what accountability is. You have no idea what it is. You’re searching for it maybe, but you haven’t landed on it. That’s for sure. This is not the way. I don’t wanna have to watch this. I would have so rather gotten a letter from you, for example, apologizing, genuinely, than having to witness the whole world watching whatever the hell this is.”

“I don’t forgive Dan Schneider,” she railed. “Not saying I’ll never, right? But currently, right now, that made me a little more upset, just because that just wasn’t it. That wasn’t proper accountability. That was avoiding a lot of the main discussions here that were mentioned in ‘Quiet on Set.’ This was him playing the sympathy card, centering himself, playing the victim.”

The documentary reveals that Drake Bell, who was the star of Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh” and “The Amanda Show,” was sexually abused by Peck. Peck was convicted in 2004 of a lewd act against a child and oral copulation of a person under 16.

“I often look back at that time and wonder how in the world I survived,” Bell remarked in the documentary.

(Video Credit: Investigation Discovery)

Former child star Kyle Sullivan also recounted in the documentary that Peck showed him art and letters from his notorious pen pal, the serial killer and child rapist John Wayne Gacy, according to NBC Chicago.

@dailymail Former All That star Kyle Sullivan revealed the dark, unsettling discovery he made in the home of Nickelodeon dialogue coach Brian Peck’s home. The revelations surfaced in the upcoming docuseries Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, which premieres on ID on March 17. #brianpeck #nickelodeon #quietonset #drakebell ♬ original sound – Daily Mail

“I noticed a painting in the room that stuck out to me because it had nothing to do with ‘Planet of the Apes,'” Sullivan recounted. “It was of a birthday clown holding balloons.”

Sullivan was 14 at the time and asked Peck about the painting. He “got very excited” about sharing it. Gacy raped and killed at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the 1970s. His nickname was “Killer Clown.”

“He flipped the thing around,” Sullivan said according to NBC Chicago, “and on the back, it said ‘To Brian, I hope you enjoy the painting. Best wishes, your friend, John Wayne Gacy.'”

“He kept, like, this pile of letters and photos from John Wayne Gacy in his nightstand next to his bed,” Sullivan added. “And he pulls them out, and starts showing them to me… it was one of those classic, like, failures of group psychology.”

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