Millie Bobby Brown speaks out on why she left Twitter in brilliant awards speech
In what seems like no time whatsoever, Millie Bobby Brown has become a cultural phenomenon. First hitting our screens back in 2016, she captured our hearts playing the role of Eleven and seemingly went on to achieve overnight popularity, becoming the well-loved star she is today.
Nonetheless, while it may seem that she's been in the fame game for decades now, many people may forget that the Stranger Things actress is still only 14 years old. And, barely into her teenage years, the star has had to deal with more than your average person.
The most recent drama sadly saw her disappear from Twitter after becoming a victim of homophobic memes. The actress, who is a supporter of LGBTQ rights, was targeted by people on social media who shared a fictional story about her removing someone's hijab when they asked for a selfie.
"I saw Millie Bobby Brown in the airport and asked for a pic and she said 'only if you remove the hijab' and I said 'its my faith' and she aggressively pulled it off my head and stamped on it,'" read the tweet. This post was reportedly in addition to hundreds of other #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown memes that misattributed homophobic or racist comments to her.
Now, almost a week after she deleted her Twitter account, Brown has spoken out against trolls on the social media site at the MTV Awards. Winning the Best Performance in a Show award, the star was unable to attend the award show in person due to an injury, but took on her bullies by sending a powerful message via video.
"Since I know there are many young people watching this, and even to the adults — they could probably use the reminder, too — I was taught, if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it," said Brown. "There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how well you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram."
She continued to give a shout out to all of her supporters, saying:
"To all my fans, I really wish I could be there with you all to receive this award, but sadly, I’m stuck here in Atlanta recovering from a small injury and I’m following the doctor’s orders to rest. I want you to know how grateful I am to those who support me. It’s no secret that landing the role of Eleven in Stranger Things has changed my life in the most incredible ways. It’s afforded me the chance to work with remarkable people, especially the Duffers, Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, Iain Patterson, and Netflix, and all of the cast members."
Her speech shows that, at the age of only 14, she has the ability to rise above the bullies and hold her head high, something that should be truly admired. Keep doing you Millie, you're absolutely nailing it.