Just a quick little word.
The second season of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ recently premiered, becoming a hit with audiences. Building off of the breakout success of the first season, the young cast of the show have become the new darlings of Hollywood & entertainment. While the actors and actresses are doing a great job with the show, I just want to remind people of one little thing -they’re STILL KIDS.
You may be wondering why I’m bringing this up. Well, the CHILD actors of the show have recently been at the center of some uncomfortable and creepy incidents involving fans and the Hollywood media. Remember, Finn Wolfhard (Mike) is 14, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) is 13, Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) is 15, Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) is 16, Noah Schnapp (Will) is 13, and Sadie Sink (Max) is 15.
Wolfhard recently received some creepy attention from a 27-year-old model. Ali Michael is a runway model from Texas who’s come under fire for making inappropriate comments about the 14-year-old. Apparently, she tried to redshirt the young man when she featured him in her Instagram story writing, “Not to be weird but hit me up in 4 years @finnwolfhardofficial”. While she may have thought she was being funny, she actually was coming off as a pedophile. She inadvertently highlighted a big problem currently ravaging Hollywood right now, which is inappropriate conduct and sexual harassment. There was another incident where grown adult fans became upset when Wolfhard wouldn’t come down from his hotel room to sign autographs. He graciously waved at fans when he went out with his parents. A grown ass man yelled at him when he came back to the hotel hours later.
An online conversation surrounding the media trying to sexualize Millie Bobby Brown has been catching some momentum as well. Many on Twitter have been questioning some of the image and clothing choices magazines and other publications have been passively trying to push on her. In an interview, Brown detailed how photographers would try and sexualize her. She said,
“I don’t like showing off my skin. If I’m in a photo shoot and they’re like, ‘Can you wear a crop top?’ I’m like, ‘No. No, not yet.’
“When that day comes I’m going to be, like, 18.”
Look, I know fans can get carried away when it comes to their favorite shows and the actors involved. They become so enamored with the characters that they start believing they have some sort ownership over the actual people. The artists involved transcend from being just actors doing a job to becoming celebrities, and that’s where things can get strange. Let’s not act like we haven’t seen this story before. You know, child actors who grow up on TV constantly being pushed and groomed to act and look older than their actual age, as if they’re not hanging with other teenagers in real life. And all of this for the selfish consumption of fans. Let’s not forget Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes, the Olsen Twins, and so on. All I’m saying is…at the end of the day, let these KIDS BE KIDS.