Her Twitter page has been removed as of Wednesday, June 13. Variety reports the change occurred shortly after Twitter users had begun captioning the actor's personal images with fake homophobic statements. Millie's secondary anti-bullying Twitter account, which was last updated in 2017, and her personal Instagram have remained active.
Engaging in cyberbullying is unacceptable regardless of the subject, but picking on Millie is especially disconcerting given that the Stranger Things cast has been subjected to continuing scrutiny, intense fan interactions, and harassment both IRL and online. The cast, and especially the show's young actors, has faced ongoing online abuse, and Finn Wolfhard has previously addressed the matter, asking fans to "not harass my friends, or co-workers."
Stars including Shannon Purser and Lili Reinhart also voiced their support for the cast of Stranger Things following an incident in which Finn became the subject of online bullying after not signing an autograph. The occurrence caused some to consider the responsibilities placed upon these young actors, and the continued sexualization others have subjected them to.
Social media harassment is an ongoing problem for celebrities and public figures. Most recently,Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram following online harassment from fans. In the past, celebrities including Leslie Jones, Ed Sheeran, Chrissy Teigen, and Vanessa Morgan of Riverdale have also been subjected to some form of online harassment.
Celebrities, including Millie, may live their lives very publicly, using social media as a means to update and engage with fans, but it's worth remembering that the stars we see on screen are human, and deserving of boundaries and respect.
Teen Vogue has reached out to Millie Bobby Brown for comment.
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