Millie Bobby Brown left Twitter on Wednesday after she became the target of a hateful meme.
The meme has been surfacing on social media since last year, but this week it went so far as to prompt Millie, an anti-bullying advocate, to put the brakes on her main account.
The homophobic meme, which features people writing nasty messages and attributing them to the Stranger Things actress, morphed out of the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown. That appears to have started in November 2017 when @KelsFiona said the 14-year-old snatched her hijab at the airport. It was obviously fake — when another Twitter user pointed out that she doesn’t have a hijab on in her profile picture, @KelsFiona said, “because she ripped it off me.”
@KelsFiona was suspended on Twitter and the tweet was deleted. Shortly after, the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown was created as a sort of social media call-to-arms.
Since then, people have been sharing memes, fake Snapchats, and stories about Millie being homophobic.
I’m gonna share my #takedownmilliebobbybrown story… I was about to check out in sephora using my VIB Rouge card, then #MillieBobbyBrown pushed me and said “move faggot, ladies first” then she took my VIB Rouge card and used all my points and redeemed my birthday gift ;(
— Liam 🧚🏼♂️ (@Liam_Mcnugget) June 11, 2018
i think it’s time i share my #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown story… i was at my local starbucks, and milky boobie brown comes in so i asked her for a picture. then she PEES in my drink! then she called me a “fat chicken dyke” and put a straw in my nose! i’ve never been so ashamed.
— Laurane 🙂 (@Laurie________) June 5, 2018
I finally have the courage to tell MY #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown story. I went to my local Home Depot when I saw Millie walk in. I asked her for a photo. She proceeded to yell “FUCK YOU REPTILIAN DYKE” and shoved an electric saw up my vagina. I’ve never been the same. Please,help.
— 「 mae 」 (@guccinooses) June 10, 2018
Calling out an old fave for being (falsely) problematic is a terrible trend in stan communities. It appears the meme may have started ironically among fans, but at some point got way out of control.
It’s similar to something that happened years ago when Twitter users added fake captions to Demi Lovato’s Snapchats to make her look fatphobic and ableist.
Sadly, some can’t get enough of the hateful meme.
But a majority of Twitter users condemned the meme and voiced their support for Millie — after all, she’s literally a child who uses her celebrity to spread messages of positivity. Her anti-bullying side account, which she made to “share love and positivity,” is still up on Twitter, but hasn’t tweeted anything since December 2017.
@zurbarya called out the adults who bullied the young actress off of social media and promoted violence against the LGBTQ community.
pretending millie bobby brown, a literal child, is a violent homophobe for memes is fucking disgusting and not funny at all. You are grown adults, editing photos of her with captions that include the f slur, violence against lgbt community for comedy and it’s fucking gross.
— caa (@zunbarya) June 12, 2018
I’m gonna lose followers for saying that pretending Millie Bobby Brown is a violent homophobe for the laughs is fucked up. That’s the story, kids🤷🏻♂️
— Mar is Angie’s 🌸 (@tiny_queermails) June 10, 2018
y’all made millie bobby brown deactivate with all these homophobe tweets i hope y’all feel bad
— zak 💡 (@godisfenty) June 13, 2018
This might be an unpopular opinion but the Millie Bobby Brown is homophobic memes are disgusting and not funny at all. She’s an fucking child and years from now those images will still be there & could legitimately get her in trouble or damage her career. You all fucking suck
— mary (@LoveIyLeia) June 13, 2018
Millie hasn’t made any public statements since deactivating her Twitter account.
On Wednesday, she posted a selfie on her Instagram story with the caption “good vibes only.”