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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.

Internet Explodes In Irony As People Rage At Gay Community For For Turning Millie Bobby Brown Into A Homophobic Meme That Made Her Leave Twitter

So it seems a lot of people care more about the ‘Stranger Things’ star being a meme-casualty than they’ve ever cared about actual homophobia.

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has deactivated her Twitter account after being turned into a viral meme that ‘claims’ she’s homophobic. Now an internet civil war has erupted that is mostly a lot of people villainising ‘gay twitter’ for the popularity of the meme.

Here’s what went down. Yes, the Millie-Bobby-Brown-is-a-homophobe meme was born somewhere in the intersection of what is known as ‘gay twitter’ and ‘troll twitter’, and yes, the majority of the LGBTQI+ Twitter community has been openly enthusiastic about it since it started gaining traction about a week ago.

All is fair in love and meme culture…right?

She does now!

Now that Millie Bobby Brown has deactivated her Twitter, it’s ignited a whole lot of rage in a whole lot of people who think that anyone who liked, shared or laughed at the memes are “hateful bullies. AKA, gay Twitter. People are in shock that they could be so unfathomably cruel.

The obvious irony here is that the people making the memes definitely do ‘get’ bulling and unfathomable cruelty. In fact, the meme itself has been used as an outlet to share the unfathomable cruelty the LGBTQI+ community actually experiences.

In spite of the poor taste, it’s not intended as a serious character assassination of Brown but as a way for people to cope with the reality of homophobia the only way anyone knows how to cope with anything these days – problematic internet humour.

Interestingly, people seem to care more about Millie Bobby Brown becoming collateral damage to the homophobia meme than they ever seem to care about actual homophobia. There’s a disparity in outrage that’s hard to overlook.

Admittedly, it’s irresponsible and a low-point of internet-culture to make an innocent 14-year-old girl the face of a homophobia meme. It’s definitely not a move we support, but it’s important to understand the context.

Like all things on the internet, some people took things a bit too far. Targeting Brown with vicious hashtags like #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown is definitely too much, even in jest.

But for the most part, it was merely intended as satire – a coping mechanism and inside joke for the gay Twitter community and only for them.

People have been quick to compare Millie Bobby Brown being driven off Twitter to the Star Wars star Kelly Marie recently leaving social media after copping months of racist harassment online, but as bad as I do feel for Brown, targeted discrimination is not the same as being a meme-casualty.

So before you rage up at the queer community, consider if you’re extending the same empathy to them that you’re giving to Millie Bobby Brown.

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