Millie Bobby Brown leaves Twitter after trolls turn her into a homophobic meme
Actors use social media to give their followers a window into their personal life (and blatantly promote all their projects). We're able to connect with them - sometimes directly - and get a better sense of their personality. But lately this experience has been getting ruined by trolls.
Last week Star Wars star Kelly Marie Tran deleted all of her Instagram posts. The actress played Rose in The Last Jedi, and is the first woman of color to get a lead role in a Star Wars movie. However, sexist, racist trolls harassed her for months, posting cruel comments about her appearance and ethnicity.
Tran's not the first Star Wars star to face a nasty backlash on social media. In 2016, Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, deleted her Instagram account. After posting a message of support of victims of gun violence, the trolls came out in droves.
Now Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven in Stranger Things, has become a victim of online abuse. As reported by Variety, Twitter users turned Brown into a homophobic meme. They took photos of the actress, who is 14 years old, and added violent, homophobic statements, full of offensive slurs.
It is not clear how the meme originated. Brown has been an outspoken supporter for GLAAD and LGBTQ rights, so maybe it was created by edgelords out of irony? Some people claim it was actually started by LGBTQ Twitter users as an inside "joke." The "joke" being putting vile quotes over her innocent image? Either way, the meme quickly spun out of control. And considering Millie's age - again, 14 years old - the whole thing was wildly inappropriate.
Now Millie Bobby Brown has deleted her main Twitter account. Her secondary account, @Milliestopshate, created to share positivity and stop bullying, is still active. Also, her Instagram account is still active. So, if you want to see more adorable stories about Millie and her boyfriend, YouTuber Jacob Sartorus, you'll have to venture over there. But it just won't be the same.
So, a bunch of adults bullied a kid off Twitter today. That's not cool. I mean, I'm sure Millie will be fine. On Stranger Things, she plays a telekinetic monster-slaying badass. On talk shows, she raps Nicki Minaj verses verbatim. On Instagram, she trolled Drake, referring to him as her "security." She's got stuff to do and demogorgons to kill.
Maybe The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson put it best. Regarding the Kelly Marie Tran story, he tweeted, "On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall. But over the past 4 years I’ve met lots of real fellow SW fans. We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humor, love & respect. We’re the VAST majority, we’re having fun & doing just fine."
It's unfortunate that a few unhealthy people can cast such big shadows. Maybe Millie will return to Twitter after this all blows over.