14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things is very popular. I’m sure you lost count how many grown men in pink dresses carrying a box of Eggo waffles you saw this and last Halloween. Unfortunately, Millie recently became popular on social media for a shitty reason. Millie was turned into a homophobic meme, which resulted in Millie quitting Twitter for a while.
Last night Millie won Best Performance in a Show at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and her acceptance speech contained a direct message to the trolls responsible for those memes.
The memes in question featured various pictures of Millie with gay-hating messages posted across them, Snapchat-style. She’s still active on Instagram, although she did appear to take almost a three-week break from posting anything new (which would be around the same time that hateful meme picked up speed). But last week, she decided to deactivate her Twitter account. Her anti-bullying Twitter account, @milliestophate, remains active, although her most recent tweet is from December 12th.
Currently, the bio on Millie’s anti-bullying account reads: “I want this account to share love and positivity. let’s stop bullying.” That’s sort of the same message she delivered while accepting her MTV Movie & TV Award last night. Millie couldn’t be there in person (she had just split her kneecap), so she appeared via recorded message filmed in some random studio in Atlanta. While clutching her popcorn like an Oscar, she ended her speech with this:
“Finally, since I know there are many young people watching this – and even for the adults – they could probably use the reminder that I was taught: if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it. 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.”
Why did I just get the feeling Millie’s DMs are about to be filled with even more trash? Maybe for the time being, Millie can hand over her phone to her TV foster father David Harbour. Just so he can safely screen her messages first and emotionally dropkick any possible bullies with his furious daddy scolding.