Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown has deleted her Twitter account after becoming the target of a violent and homophobic meme. The Netflix star is only 14 years old.
Brown shot to stardom after landing the role of Eleven in the nostalgic supernatural mystery series. The young actress has proven herself to be adept both on and off the screen. She has become an activist, standing up against bullying and calling on her fans to support each other and accept themselves. Most recently, she's taken to lending her voice to those of the Parkland activists and survivors. Her tolerant and peaceful image has now been spun on its head thanks to a particularly hateful meme.
Twitter users have taken to photoshopping hateful, anti-LGBT statements over Brown's photos and selfies, claiming the 14-year-old actress said them herself. Others have been claiming to have actually met the actress, making fake accusations of Brown's allegedly violent behavior toward LGBT fans. The hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown is often included with these posts. Per Variety, the teenage actress has taken down her Twitter profile due to the graphic posts. Brown hosts a second profile for her activism @Milliestopshate, that currently remains intact.
Many participants of the meme have claimed that it was all in good fun and that the posts were never meant to offend Brown. Instead, they claimed the posts were an "inside joke" amongst some in the LGBT community. Others claimed the humor behind the memes was supposed to be born from the fact that Brown would never behave the way the memes depict. This train of thought obviously seems to have backfired, as a teenager who stands against bullying has essentially been bullied off the very platform she has used to promote acceptance of the LGBT community in the past.
Brown has many high profile projects debuting soon including Godzilla: King of the Monsters and an Enola Holmes series adaptation. Brown will star as the sister of the legendary Sherlock Holmes and also serve as a producer to the series. Along with these prominent roles, Brown will be back in Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3. Previous seasons have followed Eleven's path to freedom as a scientific experiment turned adoptive daughter. The upcoming season is said to explore Eleven's struggles as she learns what is like to lead a normal life as a teenage girl. Perhaps these Twitter posters could offer Brown the chance to do the same.