Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has left Twitter after being used as a homophobic meme. Under the hashtag #takedownmilliebobbybrown, users have been posting fake stories of encounters with the actor, suggesting she used homophobic slurs against them.
The meme also includes images of the young star with added text purported to be written by Brown. Below are some examples of the meme, complete with unpleasant language.
I'm gonna share my #takedownmilliebobbybrown story… I was about to check out in sephora using my VIB Rouge card, then #MillieBobbyBrown pushed me and said "move faggot, ladies first" then she took my VIB Rouge card and used all my points and redeemed my birthday gift ;(
— Liam ??♂️ (@Liam_Mcnugget) June 11, 2018
I was in McDonald’s today and saw Millie bobby brown, went up to her and asked for a picture when she yelled “fuck you faggot ass looking homo walrus hoe burn in hell” and beat me up till I blacked out then left on her private jet, someone stop her ?#TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown
— a҉ l҉e҉x҉ ? (@lustforalex) June 10, 2018
i think y’all aren’t getting the point of the millie bobby brown meme?
it was made by the gays as pure satire and mock of people who are actually homophobic
and the entire idea and meme of mbb being homophobic originated from this iconic stan twitter moment.
y’all need 2 calm pic.twitter.com/Wlp49UqS44
— daniel ?¿ (@thelovelesscIub) June 13, 2018
The meme, with its clearly false stories and quotations, appears to be an attempt at satire, the idea being that the 14-year-old actor is probably the least likely candidate to dole out homophobic abuse to strangers. The Twitter users involved appear to be mostly from the LGBT community. The star herself has never shared any anti-LGBT sentiments and has supported GLAAD’s Together movement.
Since the memes came to prominence and Brown deactivated her Twitter account, fans have been calling out those who made the memes.
Y'all still doing racist/homophobic Millie Bobby Brown memes? You grown ass adults bullied her (A CHILD) off the internet…. Stop it already.
When someone commits suicide you fucks are the first to post PSAs about harassment and bullying. But You do it for a meme?
— One of a Kind (@SaintNader) June 13, 2018
I'm gonna lose followers for saying that pretending Millie Bobby Brown is a violent homophobe for the laughs is fucked up. That's the story, kids??♂️
— Mar is Angie's ? (@tiny_queermails) June 10, 2018
y’all made millie bobby brown deactivate with all these homophobe tweets i hope y’all feel bad
— zak (@godisfenty) June 13, 2018
Gay Twitter Civil War: Millie Bobby Brown Edition pic.twitter.com/Wdl19fPEGe
— Madison ? (@SKINNYAVENGERS) June 14, 2018
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