On June 13 fans of the Stranger Things actress, Millie Bobby Brown noticed she had left Twitter. The reason for her leaving was unknown at the time, but many fans figured it had something to do with the fake homophobic memes and tweets that were being posted about her.
Last night during the MTV Movie and TV Awards Brown addresses the internet bullies in her acceptance speech for winning Best Performance in a Show. Unfortunately the 14 year old wasn’t there to accept the speech in person because she hurt her knee, but she had a pre-recorded speech ready to go.
She, of course, thanked Netflix and her Stranger Things castmates. Then she addressed the harmful memes.
“Finally, since I know there are many young people watching this — and even to the adults, too, 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.”
The problematic memes in question started in November 2017 when a Twitter user shared a fake story about how Brown ripped off her hijab. The tweet was clearly very fake as the user obviously photoshopped images. But Brown fans took the tweet seriously. This snowballed into a hashtag, #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown and people making fabricated stories of Brown, most of them being how she hates LGBT+ people.
The meme is pretty old in internet years but picked up traction this month because it’s Pride Month.
Brown has been an advocate for the LGBT+ community and worked with or supported March For Our Lives, UNICEF, ACLU, GLAAD and anti-bullying organizations.