Jodie Sweetin, the “Full House” star-turned-activist, was pushed by the LAPD in a pro-choice protest

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Jodie Sweetin, the "Full House" star-turned-activist, was pushed by the LAPD in a pro-choice protest

Police pushed actress Jodie Sweetin to the ground during a pro-choice protest in Los Angeles on Saturday, begging the question: Was Jodie Sweetin at a pro-choice protest?

Yes. The actress, best known for her work as a child star on the hugely popular sitcom Full House, spoke into a megaphone and addressed the crowd that had gathered on a freeway to protest the Supreme Court ruling that ruled the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973, which ensures safe and legal abortion. Apparently when Sweetin got too close to a line of LAPD officers, she was violently shoved by several officers. Video footage shows her being violently pushed by police and landing on her side on the concrete several meters away. Helped to her feet by other protesters, Sweetin quickly regains her feet despite appearing unsteady.

In a statement published in People, the LAPD wrote, “Force used will be evaluated against LAPD policy and procedure.”

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A representative for Sweetin told People that she is fine after the standoff with police. In a statement, Sweetin said she was proud of the many people who “took immediate action to peacefully protest the vast injustices conveyed by our Supreme Court.”

Sweetin didn’t stop there. The day after the incident, she appeared on the E! The Daily Pop news show, in which she said she didn’t want to focus on what happened to her, describing what she described as “a very minor incident of police brutality,” but on reproductive rights and police violence in general, and strongly emphasized these issues impacting families of color, queer and transgender families.

Sweetin, now 40, was adopted and raised by family members as her birth parents were incarcerated at the time of her birth. She began acting in commercials, but her big break came with Full House, in which Bob Saget played the widowed father of three girls, including Baby Michelle, played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Sweetin played the family’s middle sister, Stephanie, an upbeat, talkative, and sometimes mischievous child known for her dimpled smile and love for her teddy bear, Mr. Bear. “Full House” ran from 1987 to 1995 and was a hit that anchored ABC’s TGIF lineup.

After the show ended, Sweetin, like many child stars, struggled. She married young and married a police officer when she was only 20 years old. They divorced a few years later. Sweetin has since been married and divorced twice more. She has two daughters from these marriages. She broke off an engagement to Justin Hodak after he violated a restraining order against her. In 2017, Hodak was sentenced to more than six years in prison for possession of a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence by threats of violence or implied violence against a witness. Hodak was also ordered to complete a 52-week domestic violence program.

Sweetin also battled addiction. She started drinking at 14 when Full House ended. She struggled with addictions to drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and ecstasy. In 2008 she became sober. A year later, Sweetin published a memoir, unSweetined, detailing her life and struggles since Full House.

The Olsen twins were rich, elaborately dressed, and above the rest of us. They didn’t march like Sweetin with backpacks and bullhorns for rights and causes.

Not all Tanners share Sweetin’s quest for justice.

Along with beloved comedian Saget, who tragically passed away in early 2022, the Olsen twins were the most famous of the “Full House” group. As Verily wrote, “By middle school, they were billion-dollar brands.” The Olsens had a string of dozens of popular direct-to-video films. Shortly after turning 18, they launched a “revolutionary and minimalist clothing line” and became fashion icons. The New York Times once hailed Mary-Kate’s signature look as “a sort of homeless masquerade.”

The Olsen twins were rich (they married and formed good partnerships and got richer), elaborately dressed, and above the rest of us. They didn’t march like Sweetin with backpacks and bullhorns for rights and causes. In fact, in the 2000s, the Olsens became a popular target for PETA, the animal rights organization, due to the Olsens’ wearing and using fur and leather in their fashion.

This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin and Candace Cameron Bure in a scene from “Fuller House,” which airs on Netflix on Friday, February 26. (Michael Yarish/Netflix via AP) (AP)In 2016, a sequel to the Full House story called Fuller House launched on Netflix. On the show, Sweetin’s former co-star Candance starred Cameron Bure, who played her older sister as a DJ on “Full House,” as a now single mom, widowed like her TV dad before her. Sweetin reprized her role (the Olsens did not). The show ran through 2020, and there were recent plans to reboot “Full House,” plans that have been uncertain since Saget’s sudden death.

Bure has been pinned to develop programming for the new conservative channel, which has ties to Donald Trump. It seems unlikely that her former TV sister will follow her.

In recent years, Sweetin has been a mainstay on The Hallmark Network, appearing on often seasonal dishes such as “Finding Santa”, “Entertaining Christmas” and “Merry & Bright”. Bure – formerly Hallmark’s Queen of Christmas – was recently hired by a rival channel, GAC Media, which was founded after Hallmark’s “disheartening” switch to LGBTQI, Jewish and other marginalized stories. Bure has been pinned to develop programming for the new conservative channel, which has ties to Donald Trump.

But it seems unlikely that her former TV sister will follow her. Sweetin, who graduated as a drug and alcohol counselor and now works as a clinical logistics coordinator at a drug rehabilitation center in Los Angeles, has repeatedly spoken out for Black Lives Matter and the group Refuse Fascism activism in addition to her pro-vote.


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Sweetin told E! News, “A lot of people say we’re in California and it doesn’t matter, but if those of us aren’t standing up for others who can’t, then I don’t know what we’re doing.” She also acknowledged the responsibility which she has as a familiar face on TV – “People are shocked when they see Stephanie Tanner. Something is happening to her, all of a sudden it makes it more real” — and her desire to use her early fame forever.

“I’ll still be out there,” she said. “I’ll keep going anyway.”

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