Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown has reportedly quit Twitter after enduring cruel jokes from social media users who thought it was funny to edit her posts to make her seem hateful and homophobic. According to KnowYourMeme, the gross trend started in November 2017, after an apparent Twitter troll whose account has since been suspended claimed that the actress, 14, had pulled her hijab off her head and “stamped on it.” Following that post, the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbieBrown went viral in June during Pride Month, as users piled on by making up their own stories that painted Brown as a homophobe or worse.
The supposed “joke” behind the posts was that Brown, an outspoken LGBTQ activist who has worked with organizations such as GLAAD, is too nice and kind-hearted for anyone to really believe that she can say or do the hateful things that social media users claimed. But after a year of being the subject of these jokes, Brown’s decision to delete her account calls into question why Twitter allowed users to effectively bully a 14-year-old girl off the platform.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t just cruel jokes that Brown was subjected to on Twitter. In November last year, Mara Wilson spoke out about how social media users and even media outlets were sexualizing the then 13-year-old actress, noting that she too as a child star had to endure gross comments and behavior from men who “fetishize innocence, and the loss of innocence even more.”
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