The Duffer Brothers Have Responded To The Allegations Of Abusive Behaviour On ‘Stranger Things’
Netflix "found no wrongdoing" on their part.
Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Stranger Things, have officially responded to an accusation of verbally abusing multiple women on the set of their critically acclaimed Netflix show, saying they are “deeply upset”.
The allegations come from Peyton Brown, who worked as a grip on the show’s second season. Brown posted on Instagram as part of International Women’s Day, saying she she would not be involved in the filming of season three due to the brothers’ actions.
“I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP” posted Brown.
I guess there’s no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a “few good men,” but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up. #timesup #theabusestopsnow #ontobiggerandbetter #standupforwhatsright #womenempowerment #ladygrip #sisterhood #iatsesisters #wewillbeheard #thispicsaysitall
The brothers released a statement in response to Brown’s allegations, which read:
“We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologise. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterise our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”
Netflix has also looked into the accusations since they surfaced, but have come out in support of the Duffer Brothers, finding them innocent of any wrongdoing.
“We looked into the concern that was raised when we heard of the allegation on Thursday, and found no wrongdoing,” said Netflix in a statement. “Maintaining a safe, respectful atmosphere on set is important to us, and we know it is to the Duffer Brothers as well.”
Stranger Things season 3 will be coming to Netflix next year.