It’s really not the first time this has happened, and apparently, it won’t be the last. A few weeks ago, Star Wars star Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram account after receiving countless bullying comments on her posts. This past week, Millie Bobby Brown, the 14-year-old actress in Stranger Things deactivated her Twitter account, after continuous harassment.
Gay Twitter Civil War: Millie Bobby Brown Edition pic.twitter.com/Wdl19fPEGe
— Madison 🌸 (@SKINNYAVENGERS) June 14, 2018
Millie bobby Brown when a gay fan asks to take a picture with her pic.twitter.com/eEVz8KjIU5
— addie (@addyeet) June 10, 2018
Most of the harassment came from various memes created with her photos. These memes portrayed Millie as a homophobic and violent person. Most of those memes used the hashtag #takedownmillybobbybrown, which had already been created in November, but escalated rather spectacularly this June, as it was pride month.
Millie is very well known for supporting the LGBTQ community as well as standing against bullying. She had also made a rather emotional speech a few months ago when she was awarded a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award, where she spoke about the Parkland High School shooting.
I’m priviledged to have a voice that can be heard, one that I can use to hopefully make a positive difference, and help influence change. […] For the angels among us, your spirit lives on. This is for you.
You can watch her speech here:
Some say that the meme began as an inside joke from the gay community.
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
Of course, there were many people who rushed to Millie’s aid.
#takedownmilliebobbybrown you all are bullying a 14 year old girl. She’s left Twitter. I hope you are all happy.
— Mish Mosh (@skeletonarmy66) June 14, 2018
just gotta put this out there, if you find those violently homophobic millie bobby brown memes funny please unfollow me immediately and if you're feeling fancy let me know so i can block you. thanks.
— Han's weed van (@obiwormkenobi) June 13, 2018
Another Twitter user said:
the people who made millie bobby brown deactivate should literally feel so ashamed. she’s a child. you literally have no right to go and make memes that aren’t even funny about her. i’m fuming, some people are disgusting
— ًㅤㅤㅤ (@grandescry) June 13, 2018
Millie has another account on Twitter, created for anti-bullying reasons. She’s still keeping that account active, even though it hasn’t been used since December. But, many think that she’ll begin using it again soon.