Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown abruptly deleted her Twitter account last week after she became entangled in hateful meme promoted on social media by online trolls an bullies. On Monday night, the 14-year-old made her first public comments since leaving the social media platform amid the relentless bullying — and delivered an anti-bullying message in front of a huge audience.
Brown won the best performance in a show award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Monday night. She wasn’t able to be there to collect the award in person because she’s recovering from a minor injury, but she delivered a pre-recorded acceptance speech that was shown in the venue. Her speech started began
“It’s no secret that landing the role of 11 in Stranger Things has changed my life in the most incredible ways,” Brown said. Near the end of her speech, she turned her attention to a topic that she’s become all-too-familiar with lately — one of the not-so-incredible ways her life has changed since becoming famous.
“Since I know there are many young people watching this, and even to the adults, too, they could probably use the reminder that I was taught: if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,” Brown told viewers. “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it. And neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram,” she said, winking to the camera. Thanks again, MTV, and lots of love.”
As Yahoo TV notes, the wink was a reference to the fact that she hasn’t left the popular photo-sharing platform the way she had to abandon Twitter after photos of her and her name were incessantly being used without her permission in a flood of homophobic “jokes.”
Watch her full speech below.