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Millie Bobby Brown bursts into tears while recalling harassment by fan

  • Published at 08:56 pm December 1st, 2020
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The 16-year-old actor broke down in tears while reminding fans that she too is a human being despite her celebrity status

In a now-deleted video, Stranger Things and Enola Holmes star, Millie Bobby Brown, recalled a distressing fan encounter during Christmas shopping that left her feeling disrespected as a human being.

The actor who instantly gained fame after her stellar performance as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things, talked in the past about online harassment and condemned being filmed without consent.

"A girl came up to me and asked if I was whoever, and I said, 'Yes.' She said, 'Can I take a video of you?' I said, 'No.'” the young actor recalled an incident that took place while she was Christmas shopping with her mother when a fan approached her.

"At the end of the day, I don't need to justify it to anyone. If I don't want to be taken a video of, I don't have to be," the actor said.

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Despite her request, Brown explained that the fan continued to film her and was not deterred when the actor reminded her that she was a human being as well, regardless of her celebrity status.

"'What more can I ask from you?' I asked her and she said, 'So I can't take a video of a human being?' And I said, 'No, not when I said no,'" Brown said while bursting into tears.

"It just makes me upset when people try to push the boundary and I just wish people were more respectful. I'm still trying to navigate this all and it's still overwhelming. I will take a picture with you but when you push the boundary and try and fight me on it. Where are my rights to say no?"

"I'm making this video to say you have to show more respect for others. No matter who they are, what they do, show respect," she added.

Shortly after, the video was deleted. Brown assured her fans later that she was doing fine, and feeling “emotional in the moment because I felt uncomfortable and disrespected. It’s important to set your boundaries and to speak up. I love you guys. Be kind to one and other!”

The official Twitter account for the Stranger Things writers' room also urged fans to practice compassion in a short tweet on the same day.