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The Simple Explanation For Why You Don't Like Stranger Things Star Millie Bobby Brown

MBB's hater count is wildly high for a 15-year-old.

Millie Bobby Brown was 12 when she first came into our lives as Eleven in the epic first season of Stranger Things. Three years later, the Stranger Things fandom has grown into a cult obsession, and Brown is beloved by many. But she’s also disliked by many, more than your average child star.

There’s no arguing with the fact that as a performer, Millie Bobby Brown is extremely talented. The widespread dislike for the now-15-year-old is actually targeted at her personally, and people are exceptionally vocal about it to the point where hating on Millie Bobby Brown is an online movement.

There are countless YouTube videos where people declare their distaste for the young star and give their various ‘reasons’. It’s a topic people are oddly passionate about, and it can only be described as bullying.

The aversion towards Brown is unfounded and unkind, and it’s bizarrely popular. So I dived into some of the simple things that are motivating this trend to unpack how people are rationalising an irrational feeling towards a 15-year-old stranger.

I’ve broken it down into three key reasons.

#1. She’s a tween on the internet

With great fame comes great social media presence, which is why Millie Bobby Brown posts so much content online. The fact that her content is often cringe should be a given, because we have been observing her using social media during her tweenybopper years.

Do you remember the stuff you posted during your tween years? Thinking back to the Myspace and early Facebook days of your online existence can really help put things into perspective.

So consider it through a tween lens when Brown posts things like the Instagram video compilations of her singing in the car, and statements like the one she shared (and has now deleted) on Twitter about shaving her head.

The day I shaved my head was the most empowering moment of my whole life. The last strand of hair cut off was the moment my whole face was on show and I couldn’t hide behind my hair like I used to. As I looked in the mirror I realized I had one job to do. Inspire.” – Millie Bobby Brown, January 2018.

Or when Brown shared the most terrible take on Joe from You being an alright guy (he’s literally a murderer).

There’s a false sense of Millie Bobby Brown being an adult, when really she’s tween on the cusp of teenhood and should be treated as such. Over the past three years she’s been the normal amount of cringe on the internet for her age.

#2. The MBB-sucks propaganda

All those videos of people explaining why Millie Bobby Brown sucks are inundating the web with bias takes on the her, and they are straight up bullying. There’s a lot of videos accusing her of talking too much and interrupting her co-stars, which are used to build a case for her being selfish and arrogant.

Except, besides the fact that she’s a tween and most adults don’t even know how to handle that level of spotlight, a lot of the videos are highly edited to vastly exaggerate the amount that MBB talks or interrupts. The trend of doctoring Stranger Things cast interviews to make Brown look bad is explored in this video:

So any little embers of dislike for Millie Bobby Brown can be fanned into full blown flames with just a quick peruse of the hate propaganda out there, and that’s how online bullying can become such a powerful force.

#3. She’s already rich and looks like a young Natalie Portman

She’s SO rich. Her Stranger Things season three pay cheque is reportedly US$3.15 million (AU$4.4 million), matching the salaries of the adult stars on the show David Harbour and Winona Ryder. She’s 15 and has more money than most of us will probably ever see. 

Also she really has been blessed with a face that fit the socially accepted standards of beauty. She looks like young Natalie Portman, and she has high fashion experts dressing her to look great.

I think we would be lying to ourselves if we didn’t admit that feelings of dislike towards Millie Bobby Brown are motivated at least a little bit by jealousy. Hating is a coping mechanism, but it’s not a valid opinion.

As much as it may pain you to surrender your irrational dislike for Millie Bobby Brown, the truth is she doesn’t deserve it. She’s a stage kid acting the way stage kids do, and that confidence that rubs people the wrong way is part of what makes her such an incredible performer.

Plus she’s doing some great work as UNICEF’s youngest ambassador and getting behind good causes, so let’s leave the kid alone.

'No Time To Die' Theme Song May Feature Big Clues About Daniel Craig's Final 007 Movie

Did you notice these?

We’re only a few weeks from the release of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film No Time To Die, but we got our first feel for the film with Billie Eilish’s theme for the film by the same name.

Fans are very curious about what will happen to Bond, with many believing the agent will die in the film, but Eilish’s song seems to offer some big clues about a major plot point in the film.

There are plenty of Bond themes that have very little to do with the movie and are more bout the characters, for example, the theme for Goldfinger.

But others directly address themes from the movie, like Adele’s Skyfall song – and it seems as though Billie’s song for No Time To Die falls into the same category.

The haunting tune doesn’t give us much hope for Bond with the lyrics centring on a tragic betrayal. Not just any betrayal, however, in this case, it comes from someone you love.

The first verse is about a meaningful relationship ending badly:

“I should have known
I’d leave alone
Just goes to show
That the blood you bleed is just the blood you owe
We were a pair
But I saw you there
Too much to bear”

As we near the chorus, Eilish sings about being caught off guard:

“You were my life, but life is far away from fair
Was I stupid to love you?
Was I reckless to help?
Was it obvious to everybody else?”

Then, the chorus continues on the theme of betrayal:

“That I’d fallen for a lie
You were never on my side
Fool me once, fool me twice
Are you death or paradise?
Now you’ll never see me cry
There’s just no time to die”

Thanks to the trailer, fans believe Daniel Craig’s Bond will be betrayed by Madeleine Swan, his love interest from Spectre.

The new No Time To Die trailer featuring Eilish’s song sees Bond burning a note featuring the words “Forgive me.”

Another theory is that Madeleine won’t survive the film because Bond is seen in front of what appears to be a mausoleum.

No Time To Die is out in cinemas on 8 April.

Harrison Ford Reveals The Toughest Part About Returning To His Iconic Roles

Makes sense!

Harrison Ford has confirmed he will be returning as Indiana Jones for a fifth movie in the franchise, revealing he begins work on the movie in the coming months.

According to WTHR, 77-year-old appeared in an interview on CBS’ Sunday Morning Show and was asked about the toughest part about returning to his iconic roles and the actor, who has reprised his role as Han Solo in recent years, joked, “Trying not to look funny running around in tight pants and high boots.”

Credit: Lucasfilm

“I’ll try and give you a more appropriate answer,” he added. “Considering that I’m going to start doing Indiana Jones in about two months.”

He went on to say, “I’m always delighted to come back to these characters. If we have the opportunity to make another, it’s because people have enjoyed them.”

“I feel obliged to make sure our efforts are as ambitious as they were when we started. You have a sense of responsibility to your customers.”

According to CinemaBlend, he also dropped some hints about the film, “I’m not going to share the story with you because that doesn’t seem like a good idea. But we’ll see new developments in his life, his relationship. We’ll see part of his history resolved.”

The last Indiana Jones film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008 and was largely considered a flop.

A question on many people’s minds is whether or not Shia LaBeouf will reprise his role as Mutt from the last movie. However, writer David Koepp said in 2018 that LaBeouf’s character isn’t expected to return.

Credit: Lucasfilm

The publication also reports that Koepp said in 2019, “We’ve got a good idea this time.”

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kelly has also confirmed Indiana Jones 5 will be a continuation of the story and not a reboot and Ford has previously said that when he is gone, the character will not be up for grabs.

Steven Spielberg will direct Indiana Jones 5 after finishing work on his remake of West Side Story.

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