Millie Bobby Brown, who plays El on Netflix’s Stranger Things, has quit Twitter after she became the target of homophobic memes.
Bizarrely, the tweets are not directing anti-gay slurs at the 14-year-old actress. Instead, they’re falsely accusing her of violent homophobia.
The memes started with a few that said the child actress ran over gay people at Pride and was happy about it. Some Twitter users believe this was meant to be absurd – Brown is too young to even drive and has no history of anti-LGBTQ comments.
I don't care what anyone says the Millie bobby brown is homophobic meme is hilarious pic.twitter.com/xksjMrmvTm
— Dollar Store Jawn 🏳️🌈 (@GloomBoyySeason) June 13, 2018
millie bobby brown when she sees a homosexual pic.twitter.com/YOYX7itD4T
— ✰ kristen ✰ (@hausofaquaria) June 12, 2018
wtf i was just checking my snapchats and i got this one from millie bobby brown i’m literally shaking idk what to do….. pic.twitter.com/aw1vQf502f
— caleb (@calebbielskii) June 13, 2018
They also put the word “faggot” in her mouth.
— jean 🅥 (@Ahmedxjean) June 10, 2018
Millie Bobby Brown deactivated her account. She hates the gays THAT much pic.twitter.com/mKdp8t14fb
— 🅱️ory (@TschinkelCory) June 13, 2018
And some of the memes are just racist and homophobic.
Millie bobby Brown when a gay fan asks to take a picture with her pic.twitter.com/eEVz8KjIU5
— addie (@addyeet) June 10, 2018
Millie bobby brown when she sees a gay couple at the beach pic.twitter.com/b2YQ53KLxQ
— Cesar (@SeokjinSwifts) June 11, 2018
Millie Bobby Brown pretending to be a man on Grindr so she can lure gays into her torture basement pic.twitter.com/4NoBjJKsDF
— Skin•ny (@quaketh) June 11, 2018
A lot of people didn’t like the memes.
pretending millie bobby brown, a literal child, is a violent homophobe for memes is fucking disgusting and not funny at all. You are grown adults, editing photos of her with captions that include the f slur, violence against lgbt community for comedy and it’s fucking gross.
— caa (@zunbarya) June 12, 2018
Several Twitter users trying to explain the origin of the memes used this screencap of tweets in which someone accuses Brown of being Islamophobic. How that turned into the “faggot” memes, though, doesn’t seem to be something anyone can explain.
it started from this pic.twitter.com/nBKRfEYski
— gee (@WILDFIREPHAN) June 13, 2018
One queer Twitter users believe that they became popular because they allowed straight people to use the word “faggot” public.
The only reason that homophobic millie Bobby brown meme went viral is because it was an opportunity for hets to say homophobic slurs and channel their closeted homophobia
— Aru II jjong 🌈 II NSFR but trying not to be (@__Arete__) June 13, 2018
As a reminder, someone posted about how the 14-year-old is actually pretty supportive of LGBTQ equality.
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN SUPPORTS LGBTQ+ pic.twitter.com/Sn6TgLitlm
— helene | ia till exams (@losershawkins) June 13, 2018
Brown has not commented about deleting her Twitter account or about the trolling.