Stop sexualizing the ‘Stranger Things’ kids, you disgusting weirdos
We’re gonna ultimately pass on doing that
by Katie Way
The second season of 'Stranger Things' just came out on Netflix last week, and people are loving it.
And why not? It's a show chock full of 80s nostalgia, spooky mysteries and lessons about the value and magic of childhood friendship.
It's almost universally appealing, and that's due largely to its talented, charismatic cast of child actors. They all seem to genuinely like each other, and for a while last summer they dominated the late-night talk show circuit.
But some people are taking their affection towards the TV franchise and the child actors who make it possible and perverting it by saying that the child actors are hot.
Honestly: Cut that shit out. They are kids, and that is disgusting. There's nothing else to it. It's unequivocally not okay.
27-year-old model Ali Michael came under fire online for posting a picture of Finn Wolfhard on her Instagram story and asking him to call her in 4 years, because that's when Wolfhard will be 18 — the implication being that Michael is attracted to him now, as a 14-year-old.
this is disgusting, she’s literally 27 and he’s 14 what the fuck pic.twitter.com/apZRunPlIR
— cal SPOILERS (@tomothyholland) October 30, 2017
Luckily, people were quick to respond with anger and disgust at Michael's tasteless joke, and she issued an apology soon after. But that didn't stop people from calling her a pedophile and decrying her behavior.
EXPOSE 👏🏻 AND 👏🏻 END 👏🏻 FAMOUS 👏🏻 FEMALE👏🏻 PEDOPHILES 👏🏻 CAREERS 👏🏻 THE 👏🏻 SAME 👏🏻 WAY 👏🏻 WE’D 👏🏻 DO 👏🏻 IF 👏🏻 THEY 👏🏻 WERE 👏🏻 MEN 👏🏻 https://t.co/Jefhhko8DY
— jules ST SPOILERS (@fiImkid) October 30, 2017
While that might not actually be the case — Again, Michael is a professional model, and could just be too hot to be funny — it's a perfect example of our disturbing tendency towards sexualize literal children when they're also famous, successful members of the entertainment industry.
Headlines praising Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, for how "grown-up" she looks on the red carpet have also received backlash for contributing to the problem in a low-key way by making a 13-year-old girl into an adult woman.
And any woman who's ever been hit on at work or while running an unsexy errand (so like, every woman) knows that adult women are over-sexualized on a daily basis.
"millie bobby brown is all grown up!" she's like. 13. please could u just… for like two seconds don't be disgusting
— hashtag jopper (@zenyanna) October 28, 2017
And this sexualization is clearly corrosive!
See also: Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Taylor Lautner, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Jennette Mccurdy, Aaliyah, Mila Kunis, Elijah Wood and Leonardo DiCaprio, among others.
Many of these stars have spoken out about the toll a famous childhood took on them both at the time and beyond. So please, if you're a fan of the show and/or just a decent human being, do not sexualize the Stranger Things kids.
Boys who can get it:
4. Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
— Babe (@yvessaintl0ser) October 30, 2017
Plus, when Steve Harrington is onscreen looking like a motherfucking snack, why would you even have to?