A young star of the hit Netflix sci-fi series “Stranger Things” shut down her account on Twitter after users posted memes portraying her as homophobic. The AP reports that the memes targeted Millie Bobby Brown, showing the 14-year-old actress with homophobic slurs.
Brown has been a breakout star for her role as Eleven on the Netflix series.
The report notes that it is unclear why Brown was targeted.
“Brown has been a supporter of LGBTQ rights and created a secondary Twitter account Milliestopshate last summer that remains active,” the AP notes.
CNN reports: “The hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown started last year, according to one Twitter user, when someone claimed in a tweet that the actress refused to take a picture with her unless she removed her hijab. When the woman refused, she alleges Brown then pulled off the hijab for her.”
The CNN report notes that there is no evidence the hijab incident actually occurred, and adds: “The hashtag was used to spread stories — many of them with outrageous details — falsely linking Brown to homophobia. (Brown has been an outspoken supporter of GLAAD’s Together movement.)”