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Stranger Things cast respond to fan criticism and "gross" sexualisation

Stranger Things cast respond to fan criticism and "gross" sexualisation
From BBC - November 7, 2017

Netflix's hit show Stranger Things returned last week, bringing back its cast of monster-fighting kids.

They have had a lot of attention since the show started last year - not all of it welcome.

A furore has erupted after some of the young stars were sexualised in the press and social media, while others have experienced the glare of fame in everyday life.

As a result, one of the cast's older stars came out to defend them, asking the media and public to respect how young they are.

Shannon Purser, who plays Barb in the series, responded to one Twitter user who criticised her co-star Finn Wolfhard after the 14-year-old failed to stop for photos outside his hotel and was branded "rude" by the user.

In a number of tweets, she expressed how she too gets the same treatment from over-excited fans, but is better equipped to deal with it.

"I am an adult. I ca not imagine being inundated with all this attention at his age. It's intimidating," she wrote.

"So, from one big sister to the world, do not you dare make young actors feel guilty or indebted to you because they could not say hi."

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner also backed him up in a lengthy thread, writing: "It does not matter if they are an actor... they are kids first. Give them the space they need in order to grow without feeling like they owe."

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