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Opinion— Should we feel bad for Drake Bell?

Hell no!
Eduardo Betancourt
Photo Illustration by Eduardo Betancourt

Actor Drake Bell from the Nickelodeon show “Drake & Josh” was one of the plots of the four-part documentary series “Quiet on Set.” The docu-series focuses on the horrible stories of a number of Nickelodeon employees experienced on the network’s shows.

Nickelodeon writer and producer Dan Schneider is the biggest target of the documentary. Employees under Schneider’s tenure were exposed to the sexualizing of children, having dogs lick peanut butter off of a child, forcing an employee to pretend she was being sodomized and making two women employees split a salary.

His name will undoubtedly be forever tarnished and there are no attempts by the docu-series producers to damage control. There is nothing he can say or do to successfully manipulate the public’s eyes in his favor.

The series’ climax comes when Bell reveals he was being sexually abused by his acting coach. I believe it’s important not to allow his story to excuse his predatory behavior because two wrongs don’t make a right. Bell has behaved in creepy and inexcusable behavior, therefore Bell should get the same treatment as Schneider.

In the third episode of the series, Bell discloses that his acting coach Brian Peck groomed him and began to sexually abuse him at the age of 15. Bell refrains from giving any details.

“Why don’t you do this? Why don’t you think of the worst stuff that someone could do to somebody as a sexual assault, and that will answer your question. It was not a one-time thing.”

Yes, Bell’s experience is unfortunate, but it feels as if he is using his status as a victim to blow a smokescreen on his deviant history.

The documentary discusses that Bell got a two-year probationary sentence for endangerment of a minor in 2021, but the matter was brushed off rather quickly.

“The media grabbed onto so much misinformation and it absolutely destroyed me,” Bell said.

What “misinformation” is he talking about? The facts of his case are laid out plainly.

In 2021, Bell pleaded guilty to grooming a 12-year-old girl. He texted her various inappropriate and sexual messages.

When Bell was 31, he coerced her into performing sexual favors for him when she was 15.

With this damning information alone, Bell’s character should be put more into question. For him to go on a documentary about abuse requires some nerve.

According to The Daily Beast, Bell’s ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt admitted that she had witnessed him engaging with underaged girls, “What he is being arrested for is a prime example of what I would witness, him having inappropriate conversations online with underage girls.”

This implies that there were multiple conversations being had with young girls, possibly even multiple at a time.

Regardless of the abuse Bell endured, it doesn’t absolve him of any accountability and backlash he should and has received.

Lastly, popular Youtuber Sloan, who has been following this case for years, has claimed to have looked through all of the court documents and calls Bell’s claim “bullshit.”

Sloan mentions these documents can be accessible by requesting the case file from the Ohio State Court to see the evidence.

It appears that this isn’t misinformation at all, but rather information that Bell doesn’t want to face the consequences for.

Bell’s sexual abuse is unfortunate. Nobody should ever be put in that sort of a position, but that doesn’t mean he gets a pass for his behavior.

Upon watching the online discourse to Bell’s appearance, it feels as though the public is overlooking or ignoring his case. It feels like Bell is using this as a disgusting tactic to vindicate his name without taking responsibility for his wrongdoings.

The nerve.

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    Jen SApr 15, 2024 at 6:46 pm

    A lot of child abuse victims perpetuate behaviors. Yes, it doesn’t excuse what he did, and it sounds like Drake did his time for his crimes, is full of remorse, and it going through therapy to better himself. That’s more than I can say for his abuser Brian Peck.

    I don’t agree with the demonization of a child abuse victim. Especially one that’s trying to do better and shed light on how predatory the industry can be to child actors (see Jennette McCurdy’s book).

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    SyedApr 14, 2024 at 12:25 am

    Whoever created this article should be ashamed of themselves

    • M

      MicheleApr 15, 2024 at 3:40 pm

      Agreed. It’s disgusting and full of lies. And their big point of reference is Sloan from YouTube! Smh