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Stranger Things fans are defending Millie Bobby Brown over resurfaced ‘disgusting’ homophobic memes

Millie Bobby Brown fans are jumping to the actor’s defence after memes from 2018 have resurfaced online, as the new season of Stranger Things dropped on Netflix last week.

The 18-year-old actor, who was just 14 at the time, was forced to deactivate her Twitter account after being turned into a bizarre ‘anti-gay’ meme, with thousands of users attributing fake homophobic and racist comments to her – presumably in an attempt at ‘satire’.

The original tweet that reportedly started the cruel trend read: “I saw Millie Bobby Brown in the airport and asked for a pic and she said “only if you remove the hijab” and I said “it’s my faith” and she aggressively pulled it off my head and stamped it on it.”

Twitter users then jumped on the trend, inventing their own ‘racist’ and ‘homophobic’ reactions with Millie, alongside the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbieBrown.

The actor, who has long been an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, has not rejoined the social media platform since.

Fans have understandably leapt to Millie’s defence. “these millie bobby brown homophobe jokes have got to go like even god rested… she literally had to leave twitter years ago because of it you people are genuinely weird,” read a series of tweets from one user.

Another said: “some of you have gotten way too comfortable bullying millie bobby brown for her entire childhood and saying it’s “just a joke” like it’s actually bizarre…”. 

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“those millie bobby brown homophobe jokes were never funny actually ,, making up harmful narratives about a child, a literal tween which she cannot defend herself from is fucking weird and disturbing,” said one fan, while another shared: “People are STILL making homophobe millie bobby brown jokes? IN 2022???”.