Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown turned 16 today. To commemorate the occasion, she posted a video on her Instagram highlighting some of the salacious news stories she’s generated over the last few years. The video came with a lengthy caption expressing her frustration at being on the receiving end of “inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults.” Sadly, I think most girls can relate, but being in the public eye has opened Millie up to more intense scrutiny than most. I’m sure her DMs are filled with horrors that would make even her BAF (best adult friend) Drake blush. And that dude is shameless!
Here’s Millie’s post. General Warning: SOUND OFF (it’s set to Changes by Justin Bieber in case you needed another reminder that Millie is indeed just a sweet summer child).
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16 has felt like a long time coming. i feel like change needs to happen for not only this generation but the next. our world needs kindness and support in order for us children to grow and succeed. the last few years haven't been easy, I'll admit that. there are moments i get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me. but not ever will i be defeated. ill continue doing what i love and spreading the message in order to make change. let's focus on what needs changing and I hope this video informs you on the things that go on behind the scenes of the headlines and flashing lights. dont worry I'll always find a way to smile 😉 leggo 16 ♡.
This isn’t the first time Millie’s expressed a desire for people to mind their own business in regards to her perceived maturity, how she dresses, or who she texts. And her expressed desire to “continue doing what i love and spreading the message in order to make change” echoes her acceptance speech from the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards which was directed at the internet trolls who turned her into a homophobic meme (as referenced in her video).
I can’t imagine what it’s like being MBB. I was a 16-year-old girl once myself, but my primary concerns were focused on ways to get out of gym class, and working out the timing for turning the television off and appearing to be otherwise occupied seconds before my mom got home from work. Maybe it’s reversed for her and Millie’s stage dad is the one rushing around trying to look busy when Millie walks in the door wondering why there are dirty dishes in the sink and the chicken is still frozen.