Is there anything Melania Trump can do to help Millie Bobby Brown?
Let us explain the connection. The First Lady recently introduced her (much-ridiculed) “Be Best” anti-cyberbullying campaign, and just this week, the 14-year-old Stranger Things star has fallen victim to social media harassment.
Melania jokes aside, what’s happened to the teenage actress is nothing to laugh at. Brown has deleted her Twitter account after a group of online trolls photoshopped images of her into a homophobic meme. How’d it happen? Last year, she hit the red carpet with pins in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a move that homophobic social media users did not like.
According to The Wrap, the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown began to surface last November, however it recently picked up steam this month—distressing timing considering its Pride Month. It has been suggested that it was actually resurrected "by the gays" as a satirical joke.
That seems to be the case in certain circumstances, where Twitter users shared "#TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown" fictions detailing how the actress "bashed" them. Others have photoshopped images of Brown with homophobic slurs made to look like a Snapchat caption. Clearly, the joke failed to land, and many images and stories have been co-opted by users that are actually homophobic.
Though she deleted her main account (@milliebbrown), Brown still has the @MillieStopsHate account, but has not tweeted since December 2017. “I want this account to share love and positivity. Let’s stop bullying,” she writes on that account’s bio. On Wednesday, she shared an Instagram story selfie with the caption, “Good vibes only.”
Regardless of the context of the meme, subtly defaming a teenager’s character is pretty gross. We hope the trolls will end up in the Upside Down.