WARNING: SOME SERIOUSLY OFFENSIVE TWEETS BELOW
Just when you thought cyber bullying couldn’t possibly get any worse, the conspicuous trolls who seem to love making other people’s lives as hellish as possible have struck again. And this time they’ve targeted a 14-year-old girl.
Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on Stranger Things, unceremoniously exited Twitter after a group of users began using her selfies and images as memes that showcase her as a violent homophobe. To say they’re gross is kind of an understatement.
just because your child is smiling at their phone doesn’t mean they have a boyfriend / girlfriend. maybe they’re just looking at homophobic millie bobby brown memes pic.twitter.com/3Q7p2949yW
— joseph 👁 (@vibrantkaty) June 13, 2018
omg this is the origin of the millie bobby brown being racist/homophobic meme. this is a classic pic.twitter.com/FW7OWVnJI7
— conor (@uncoolconor) June 13, 2018
i was up till 2 am looking for all the homophobic millie bobby brown memes :/ pic.twitter.com/8hD74WgaFV
— eros (@mvligno) June 13, 2018
Yup, this is apparently how we treat a 14-year-old child. One who in real life is actually a public supporter of GLAAD’s Together movement and has also voiced support for Parkland shooting survivors. Oh, and she’s also got an anti-bullying Twitter account, which she has kept open for the time being, at least.
Of course we shouldn’t be totally surprised. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones left Twitter following a ton of online backlash that seemed to coincide with her role in the female reboot of Ghostbusters. And it was only about a week ago that Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran finally ditched the social media platform following months of harassment over everything from her performance in the film to her Asian ethnicity (Tran is the first lead female character of colour in the series).
For her part, Brown had been quite active on Twitter, using it to share political statements and pictures of herself and her boyfriend, YouTube star and musician Jacob Sartorious. To-date, he has also remained mum about Brown’s Twitter exodus.
It’s unclear how Brown became the target of these memes in the first place, or even who actually started them. But some social media users are suggesting they were supposed to be an inside joke for LGBT users, who meant to use them in an ironic way.
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
We’re not sure that really excuses using a child for the cause, especially since others have jumped on the bandwagon by creating their own hateful memes, creating mass confusion. And as many have pointed out, it’s all just led to the actress quitting Twitter the same month as Pride. Doesn’t that kind of prove that it just isn’t funny?
Millie Bobby Brown deactivating during #PrideMonth just makes the meme worse 💀⚰
— Let’s Go! Kamala (@MadamClinton) June 13, 2018
millie bobby brown deactivated her twitter during pride month, how much more proof do we need?
— jade🦕 (@jadecrsl_) June 13, 2018
unpopular opinion here but uhhhhh the homophobic millie bobby brown meme is fucking disgusting
— leia @ Disk Horse Hell (@bodhicha) June 10, 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
Once again it just goes to show you how people will act when they’re hidden behind the anonymity of their screens. Luckily some of us can still have nice things though, since Brown is set to reprise her role for the third season of Stranger Things. She’ll also be appearing in two upcoming Godzilla movies, King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
Eleven vs. Godzilla. Now those are some memes that we’d actually want to see.