Video: Topless Bernie Sanders Supporters Arrested Outside Rally At The Wiltern
Two women were arrested outside of last night's Bernie Sanders rally after going topless in support of the candidate and gender equality.
As crowds lined up outside of Wiltern Theatre on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the presidential hopeful, they also caught sight of two women who had taken off their shirts, according to the L.A. Times. Both women had tape covering their breasts that read "free the nipple," while one of them had the popular "Feel The Bern" slogan written across her front and back. Police arrived and tried to convince the women to cover up.
"We asked them to put their clothes on and they refused," LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.
The two women were arrested around 7 p.m., according to ABC 7, and are expected to be booked on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. According to the Times, if they provided proper identification, they will likely be cited and released. In a video of the arrest, the women can be heard shouting "free the nipple" and "fight for gender equality."
Topless women arrested outside Bernie Sanders rallyTwo topless women promoting gender equality outside the Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles were arrested for indecent exposure. abc7.la/1VHDwBdThe women could be heard shouting “free the nipple” and “fight for gender equality.”The #FreeTheNipple movement fights for women's rights to be topless in areas where it's permissible for men to be topless.
Posted by ABC7 on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
While their identities have not been officially released, the women have been identified as Tiernan Hebron and Anni Ma. Last week, Ma made another topless appearance at a Sanders rally in Phoenix, where she was said to have been protesting Donald Trump. Sanders even received some flak for commenting on the appearance in a post-rally interview.
Last night's "flash" mob—though not widely attended—was promoted on Instagram as part of Free The Nipple, a film and a gender equality movement that advocates for the right of women to be topless in public.