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It’s been a bit of a month for 14-year-old Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard.  In the midst of mounting sexual assault allegations against men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and James Toback, the young actor publicly cut ties with his agency, A.P.A. after it was made public that his agent, Tyler Grasham, who specialized in youth talent, faced allegations of sexual assault from two different men.

About a week ago, model Ali Michael posted a photo of Wolfhard on Instagram and captioned it, “Not to be weird but hit me up in four years @finnwolfhardofficial.” After coming under heavy fire, the model apologized and Wolfhard seemed to brush it off, calling the entire incident “weird” and “gross,” but also expressing gratitude that she apologized and deeming the entire matter “fine.”

Finally, a few days ago, Wolfhard offended a few fans waiting outside his hotel when he offered only a minimal greeting. One Twitter user called him “heartless” and posted a video of the young actor walking briskly by fans standing at the hotel’s entrance. The video’s since been taken down, but not before Finn’s Stranger Things castmates and a few other prominent stars took notice and rose to his defense.

Shannon Purser, who portrayed the late, great Barb Holland on Stranger Things, quickly pointed out how out of line it is to act as though fans are entitled to interaction with a show’s actors:

Noah Schnapp (Will) also chimed in:

Nearly everyone who came to the defense of Wolfhard pointed out that actors can’t be on every single minute of every single day, and, despite how much it disappoints some fans, they need breaks from being public figures. But one former child star took the conversation in a much more serious direction.

Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner gaped at how disturbing it was to see adults waiting outside a hotel to demand interaction from a child, then publicly upbraid said child for not performing up to expectations:

In the series of tweets that followed, Turner went on to furiously admonish those who felt entitled to anything but a performance from a young actor like Wolfhard, and also pointing out the obvious issue of consent at work when fans and paparazzi snap photo and video of young actors in public.

It doesn’t matter if they are an actor they are kids first. Give them the space they need in order to grow without feeling like they owe anyone anything for living their childhood dreams. Oh and ps. Imagine you, 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 persons photograph, and remove your child from that situation as soon as you could. It doesn’t matter if that child happens to be an actor and consented to a professional film crew capturing their moves when in character. That does NOT mean that this child consented to being followed around with a camera in their face. I don’t care if it ‘Comes with the job’. It doesn’t.

And how dare you shun and demean that child when they don’t pose for an adult strangers photograph or walk over and talk to them when they take that NOT CONSENTED FOR photo. Doesn’t that go against everything we teach our children anyway? Pshhhh. Some people man.

Slay on, Sophie T, Wardeness of the Tweet.


Images: HBO, Netflix

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Alexandra is a Los Angeles-based writer and podcaster. She created, produces and co-hosts GoT Thrones?: A Game of Thrones podcast, and her pop culture obsessions include, but are not limited to, Kate Mulgrew, Preacher, Star Trek, Tyler Perry movies, Bryan Fuller, and the Oxford Comma.

Sophie Turner Shows World What It Means To Be A Big Sister

Sophie Turner had a lot to say to adult fans about how NOT to treat the child stars of some of their favorite shows.

By Alexandra August | 11/9/2017 11:00 AM PT | Updated 11/9/2017 11:56 AM PT

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It’s been a bit of a month for 14-year-old Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard.  In the midst of mounting sexual assault allegations against men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and James Toback, the young actor publicly cut ties with his agency, A.P.A. after it was made public that his agent, Tyler Grasham, who specialized in youth talent, faced allegations of sexual assault from two different men.

About a week ago, model Ali Michael posted a photo of Wolfhard on Instagram and captioned it, “Not to be weird but hit me up in four years @finnwolfhardofficial.” After coming under heavy fire, the model apologized and Wolfhard seemed to brush it off, calling the entire incident “weird” and “gross,” but also expressing gratitude that she apologized and deeming the entire matter “fine.”

Finally, a few days ago, Wolfhard offended a few fans waiting outside his hotel when he offered only a minimal greeting. One Twitter user called him “heartless” and posted a video of the young actor walking briskly by fans standing at the hotel’s entrance. The video’s since been taken down, but not before Finn’s Stranger Things castmates and a few other prominent stars took notice and rose to his defense.

Shannon Purser, who portrayed the late, great Barb Holland on Stranger Things, quickly pointed out how out of line it is to act as though fans are entitled to interaction with a show’s actors:

Noah Schnapp (Will) also chimed in:

Nearly everyone who came to the defense of Wolfhard pointed out that actors can’t be on every single minute of every single day, and, despite how much it disappoints some fans, they need breaks from being public figures. But one former child star took the conversation in a much more serious direction.

Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner gaped at how disturbing it was to see adults waiting outside a hotel to demand interaction from a child, then publicly upbraid said child for not performing up to expectations:

In the series of tweets that followed, Turner went on to furiously admonish those who felt entitled to anything but a performance from a young actor like Wolfhard, and also pointing out the obvious issue of consent at work when fans and paparazzi snap photo and video of young actors in public.

It doesn’t matter if they are an actor they are kids first. Give them the space they need in order to grow without feeling like they owe anyone anything for living their childhood dreams. Oh and ps. Imagine you, 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 persons photograph, and remove your child from that situation as soon as you could. It doesn’t matter if that child happens to be an actor and consented to a professional film crew capturing their moves when in character. That does NOT mean that this child consented to being followed around with a camera in their face. I don’t care if it ‘Comes with the job’. It doesn’t.

And how dare you shun and demean that child when they don’t pose for an adult strangers photograph or walk over and talk to them when they take that NOT CONSENTED FOR photo. Doesn’t that go against everything we teach our children anyway? Pshhhh. Some people man.

Slay on, Sophie T, Wardeness of the Tweet.


Images: HBO, Netflix

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About Alexandra August

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Alexandra is a Los Angeles-based writer and podcaster. She created, produces and co-hosts GoT Thrones?: A Game of Thrones podcast, and her pop culture obsessions include, but are not limited to, Kate Mulgrew, Preacher, Star Trek, Tyler Perry movies, Bryan Fuller, and the Oxford Comma.