Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) has recently faced criticism after a video surfaced of him outside of his hotel. In the video, fans are waiting outside of the building and Wolfhard does not stop and interact with them. Some were calling him dismissive and rude, but many were quick to defend Wolfhard and criticize his so-called fans. And quite frankly, the backlash Wolfhard is facing is ridiculous. And Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner very much agrees.
She, like all of the kids of Stranger Things, grew up in a massive spotlight. And while you are completely allowed to be fans of these young actors, you are not allowed to harass them. Turner reminds us that this sort of violation of privacy and backlash doesn’t “come with the job” and that they are kids before they are anything else. Tweeting praise or going to a fan event is one thing. Waiting outside Wolfhard’s hotel and then calling him rude is unacceptable. Turner’s tweets say it all.
Turner makes many excellent points, one of them being that we must remind ourselves, as fans and consumers, that what we see is not what we get. Take Game of Thrones, for example. You may hate Joffrey with a burning passion, but if you’ve ever met Jack Gleeson or heard him speak, he’s one of the funniest and nicest people around. Actors are not the characters they portray. It’s okay to love the characters. It’s okay to love the actors! But it’s important to realize they’re different, and most of all, that they’re human. They deserve the same respect and privacy as everyone else.
A huge thank you to Sophie Turner for the reminder. 👏👏👏