Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown left Twitter this week following a series of memes allegedly created by members of the LGBT community which attempted to paint Brown as homophobic.
According to the Wrap, Brown “became the subject of a series of Photoshopped images depicting her as homophobic, as well as a hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown, which first appeared in November and resurfaced in June — coinciding with the beginning of Pride Month.”
One Photoshopped image featured Brown in a fake Snapchat photo, with the caption, “Just got this car. It’s pride month hoping to hit a few faggots today.”
Other users falsely claimed Brown had called people “faggots.”
Good morning everybody except to Millie bobby Brown because after I exposed her she called me faggot
— peppa (@peppapiggz) June 13, 2018
“Many on Twitter attributed the images of the anti-gay meme to members of the LGBT community, suggesting it’s an in-joke among part of the gay community,” the Wrap explained, linking to several posts from LGBT accounts, including one which read, “why are the straights joining in on the homophobic millie bobby brown meme this is a gays only event go home.”
why are the straights joining in on the homophobic millie bobby brown meme this is a gays only event go home pic.twitter.com/jMOBbGXzLb
— 🍒 (@bitchyspic3) June 11, 2018
Another post jokingly claimed that Brown had ripped a girl’s hijab off in an airport, receiving hundreds of likes and retweets.
omg this is the origin of the millie bobby brown being racist/homophobic meme. this is a classic pic.twitter.com/FW7OWVnJI7
— conor (@uncoolconor) June 13, 2018
Despite the memes, the Wrap noted that, “In reality, Brown is an active supporter of LGBT rights as well as an anti-bullying advocate,” and the actress “wore an LGBT pin to the MTV Awards in 2017 and started a secondary Twitter account, @Milliestopshate, last summer to prevent bullying and cyberbullying.”