Shortly after former child actress Jennette McCurdy launched new allegations against Nickelodeon, the children’s television network is feeling the heat again.
On Thursday, protesters gathered outside Nickelodeon’s animation studio in Burbank to make more allegations, particularly against “iCarly” series creator Dan Schneider.
Former ‘Zoey 101’ actress Alexa Nikolas – who runs the Eat Predators organization, which advocates for victims of sexual abuse – organized the protest. She alleged that she and other child actors “were not safe” while working on the series.
“I didn’t feel protected at Nickelodeon as a kid, personally,” she said in a livestream of the protest posted on Instagram. “I demand that Nickelodeon start protecting children, not predators.”
Nikolas portrayed Nicole Bristow in “Zoey 101,” which was also created by Schneider. During the protest, she called Schneider a “creator of childhood trauma.”
“I didn’t feel safe with Dan Schneider while I was working at Nickelodeon,” she said.
Alongside Nikolas, around 20 protesters held up signs emblazoned with the network’s bright orange logo and signature green slime. Some posters read “Sickelodeon” and “predators”, and others displayed photos of various Nickelodeon personalities, including Schneider and former network executives.
Nickelodeon did not comment on the allegations Thursday. Representatives for Schneider did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.
Nikolas also called out former Nickelodeon employees, including Ezel Channel, John Kricfalusi and Jason Michael Handy, who have all been accused of sexual misconduct. Channel and Handy have both previously been convicted of sex crimes.
She also slammed former Nickelodeon execs Sharon Lieblein and Cyma Zarghami and Fred Savage, who was a director on “Zoey 101.” In March, Savage was fired from ABC’s reboot of “The Wonder Years” following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
“What we see here is a bunch of Nickelodeon ‘professional executives’ who failed to protect children on set,” Nikolas said at the protest. “Kids on Nickelodeon weren’t safe, at least when I was there.”
Thursday’s protest and Nikolas’ allegations come weeks after McCurdy, who starred on the hit Nickelodeon show “iCarly” and spin-off “Sam & Cat,” released an explosive memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” who discussed her experiences with the network. Without naming Schneider, she alleged that a character known as “The Creator” forced her to drink alcohol when she was underage and said Nickelodeon tried to buy her silence.
” What is that ? Nickelodeon is offering me three hundred grand in silent money for not speaking publicly about my experience on the show? My personal experience of Creator abuse? she wrote in the book. “It’s a network with shows made for kids. Shouldn’t they have some sort of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least try to conform to some sort of ethical standard?”