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Children, whatever age they are, need to be protected. At all times, at all costs. That’s just the way it should be. But for some reason, when it comes to child actors, some people think their public personas make them fair game. The younger cast members of Stranger Things are experiencing all kinds of adoration for their general awesomeness and the fun things they are doing on-screen as fictional characters, but as of late, a few people are showing why the word “fan” is short for “fanatic.”

A lot of the time, casting departments tend to go with older actors to play adolescents, but the Stranger Things kids are, well, kids (ranging in age from 13 to 16). So when 14-year-old Finn Wolfhard raised the ire of a group of fans recently, after neglecting to sign a few autographs, others were quick to jump to his defence.

While some might argue that this is the life they signed up for, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner is here to tell the world that, no, that’s not how it is, and can everyone please cut them some slack, thanks.

Turner, now 21, clearly speaks from experience, having started her career when she was a teenager. Sophie gets it, and wanted to remind everyone that while they are in a unique position of being on a hit show that has made them world-famous, Wolfhard and his fellow castmates are still quite young, certainly at an age where they shouldn’t be drawing this kind of ire.

Look, we get it. Finn and his castmates are playing some bad-ass characters who deserve all the love they’re getting. But the worship and intrusiveness can be a bit much — especially if it’s an adult screaming at children. And while Wolfhard and the rest of them would probably never dare say they felt bothered or harassed, that doesn’t mean that’s not how they’re feeling.

Actors don’t always want to be on, and sometimes they need a rare moment of just being themselves. Promoting a show is one thing, but it’s not these kids’ job to satisfy every fan’s whim. Not only do they deserve some privacy but also a little respect. That’s not too much to ask, right?