Millie Bobby Brown couldn’t be at the MTV Movie & TV Awards to accept her award for her role as Eleven on Stranger Things (she hurt her knee; she’s okay), but she did use her pre-recorded acceptance speech to share her thoughts on internet bullying:
“Since I know there are many young people watching this—and even for the adults—they could probably use the reminder that I was taught. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it. There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.”
Brown deleted her Twitter account last week after the resurgence of a bizarre meme that comes with the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown. Vox has a very long, very turgid explainer, but the gist is that a bunch of people with a weird idea of “fun” began taking screengrabs from Brown’s Snapchat and superimposing them with homophobic statements. Why? Who knows, but that’s not something a 14-year-old girl (or anyone) should be subjected to, and luckily, she ain’t having it.
That said, I am a little concerned for her Instagram messages. Be careful, MBB.