‘Stranger Things’ star Natalia Dyer took Hollywood and the media to task while speaking with The Independent for ‘oversexualizing’ her young co-stars.
In particular pointing to young Millie Bobbie Brown, who she claims has been a primary target.
As The Daily Wire reports:
“I generally feel like, to me, it’s oversexualizing them,” she said. “I feel protective over the younger kids even though they’re not kids anymore, they’re teens. They’re all great people and all having to grow up in very crazy circumstances. As a private person, I just feel like, leave people alone – unless you’re talking about their work or what they want to talk about. It’s a very tricky and complex issue.”
“There must be a bigger concept behind it as to why. Just let people be the people that they are, without any judgment,” she added.
The Independent provided a brief history of the media’s sexualization of Millie Bobby Brown, such as when W magazine said she was one of the reasons TV is “sexier than ever”:
Spilling spoilers is not the only concern the young Stranger Things cast had to contend with. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, was listed as one of the reasons TV is “sexier than ever” by W magazine when she was just 13, among a group of much older actors including Nicole Kidman and James Franco. She subsequently spoke out against the “inappropriate comments and sexualisation” she was subjected to as a child actor. Finn Wolfhard, too, has complained publicly about receiving suggestive messages from adult fans when he was 14.
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