People Are Making Fake Homophobic Memes About Millie Bobby Brown And It Needs To Stop
12 June 2018, 12:21 | Updated: 14 June 2018, 09:42
This has GOT to stop.
Will the internet ever leave Millie Bobby Brown alone? The Stranger Things' star is constantly under a ridiculous amount of scrutiny, whether it be about her red carpet fashion or her relationship with boyfriend Jacob Sartorius, and now people have turned her into a violently homophobic meme - for literally no reason at all.
Back in November 2017, a hashtag started circulating on Twitter called #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown which contained tweets ranging from fake stories about violent "fan encounters" with Millie to "screenshots" of homophobic, racist and body-shaming quotes and slurs photoshopped to appear as if they've come from her account. It wasn't cute, it was high-key disgusting and it wasn't even remotely funny.
Unfortunately, the memes have not gone away and now, they're back on Twitter with more and more people are sharing them across social media. (Please note: These are, of course, not real.)
dear parents,— Gorgis (@IDontKnowHer6) June 11, 2018
just because your child is smiling at their phone doesn't mean they have a boyfriend or a girlfriend. maybe theyre just looking at memes of Millie Bobby Brown photos with homophobic captions pic.twitter.com/66lhbt5WLM
"Why is it a meme? Because it's hilarious." "Are these real?! Lmao they're just funny memes" "It's funny because it's a nice person saying some horrible shit."
Mmmmm, no. Let us just say this again for the people in back: No matter how fake they are, making offensive and homophobic memes at the expense of a 14-year-old girl ain't cute and it ain't clever. When they circulate without context, people will just assume. You might not, but others will. One simple search of Millie's name on Twitter has already pulled up hundreds of different tweets from people asking if she's actually homophobic. Her Instagram comment section is also flooded with homophobic slurs and false accusations.
Millie has since deleted her Twitter account and turned off her Instagram comments after people started @-ing her with the fake images. Millie never officially responded to the original hashtag but there were a few supportive tweets liked by the person running her account back in November.
Millie is also a huge anti-bullying advocate and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and this kind of online harassment isn't something she (or any 14-year-old) needs to see or be involuntarily involved in. It needs to stop.
Oh and by the way, if you have to explain a joke in the @ replies, kids... it's a bad joke. Bye.