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Finn Wolfhard Would Very Much Like ‘Stranger Things’ Fans To Chill The Fuck Out

"Why I even have to tweet that, I don't know."

The kids from Stranger Things have really copped it of late. Sure, they have legions of adoring fans, but many of those adoring fans also really, really lack boundaries. People have been following the kids around then abusing them on social media for not stopping for autographs, and more than a few adults have been uncomfortably sexualising them despite the fact that they’re literally kids.

Honestly, enough is enough, and the kids think so too. Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike, just tweeted a pretty stern rebuke of fans harassing the cast, and he’s honestly nailed it.

“I don’t want to ex-communicate anyone from this fandom, but if you are for real you will not harass my friends, or co-workers”, he wrote on Twitter this morning.

“Why I even have to tweet that, I don’t know. Anyone who calls themselves a ‘fan’ and actively goes after someone for literally acting and doing their job is ridiculous. Think b4 ya type boiiii”. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

It’s actually a pretty measured response after the week Wolfhard’s had. Earlier this week a 27-year-old model posted on Instagram asking Wolfhard to “hit her up” when he turns 18, which Wolfhard told media he found “gross” and “weird”. A few days before that, he faced a wave of social media criticism after an irate fan posted a video of Wolfhard heading into his hotel without coming over to sign autographs for assembled fans — in other words, just criticising him for living his life. 

A number of other actors have spoken out in support of Wolfhard and the other kids — Shannon Purser, who played Barb in Stranger Things, and Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones fame have both defended the cast’s right to, y’know, be kids. Which they are. I can’t believe any of us have to write this.

Honestly, listen to these kids. Don’t harass them. Hell, don’t harass any actor, or anyone. Just chill the fuck out and give people their space. It shouldn’t be that hard.