The former child star stepped in to defend her fellow actors
The second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things dropped late last month. The show is more popular than ever which means superfans of the show are going out of their way to meet the show’s young cast. Getting a selfie with one of your favorite stars makes for an amazing profile pic, but let’s not forget that most of talented crew on Stranger Things aren’t even old enough to vote yet and might be more than a little overwhelmed at all the attention.
Recently Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, hurt the overly sensitive feelings of some fans who are frankly too old for this shit when he was filmed saying no to autographs and photos leaving his hotel.
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner (a.k.a Sansa Stark) knows all too well what the Stranger Things kids are dealing with, having started on GOT when she was only 15. Proving she’s a #bossbitch both on screen and off, Turner took to Twitter to defend the young stars, and to let any adult who’s upset about not getting the autograph of a teenager know exactly creepy and immature they’re being.
“What adult in their right mind waits for a CHILD outside their hotel and is then offended when the CHILD doesn’t stop?” she tweeted. She’s totally right. Even the biggest fan has to see how weird this is right? Imagine you’re 14 and someone old enough to be your parent comes up and demands a photo with you. Sounds like every “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE” situation my mom warned me about when I was a kid.
Turner points out that these actors are children first and foremost. And fans of the show or not, they don’t owe us anything, not even a quick photo.
She asks the adult fans to hit the brakes for a second and imagine they’re the parent of one of these young actors. “Imagine you as a parent walking with your 13 year old son/daughter and seeing a fully grown adult pointing their camera phone at your kid. You would do anything you could to delete that person’s photograph, and remove your child from that situation as soon as you could.” She’s right. It doesn’t matter who or why, if someone I don’t know is trying to take a photo of my child without permission that person better want an Iphone X for the holidays because the phone they have is about to be smashed.
Turner also has news for anyone who would defend their stalker-like ways by saying that posing for fan pics is just part of the deal when you sign on to be an actor.
Besides the fact that it goes against everything we teach kids about not talking to strangers (especially ones that are following you), she notes that it is Stephanie Tanner levels of How Rude to take a sneaky photo of a child, and then throw an adult tantrum when the kid actor doesn’t want to come over to you, a total stranger, for a meet and greet.
Hopefully fans of Stranger Things can reel back their enthusiasm and realize that these kids are human beings first and actors second. Their privacy matters way more than a stupid selfie. And if they can’t, well look out. Sansa Stark isn’t fucking around.
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