Caleb McLaughlin Reflects on the Racism He Faced From ‘Stranger Things’ Fans
The actor reflected upon his first Comic-Con, when some people didn’t want to stand in line with him. He claimed it was because Lucas Sinclair , treated Millie Bobby Brown ‘s eleven in season one.
He said that “it definitely took a toll upon me as a younger child,” at the Heroes Comic Con Belgium convention .. “Some people didn’t stand in my line because they were Black. Some people said to me, “Oh, I didn’t want you to be in my line, but because you were mean Eleven.” ‘”
McLaughlin, 20, went on to explain that it still sometimes happens, “Even now some people don’t follow me or don’t support me because I’m Black,” he continued. McLaughlin continued, “Sometimes overseas, you feel racism, you feel bigotry. It can be difficult to talk about and for people understand, but it certainly affected me when I was younger .”
He started the series when he was 14, and he recalled his younger self wondering at the time why he was the least favorite on the show, with fewer followers than his co-stars. He thought, “I’m on season one as everybody else,” he said.
The actor claimed that his parents had to tell him a “sad fact”
McLaughlin shared that McLaughlin’s parents had to say, “It’s a sad fact, but it’s because your’re the Black child in the show.”
Despite the racism he has faced, he refuses to let it get him down.
“That’s why with my platform I want to spread positivity and love,” McLaughlin said, “because I do not give hate back to people who give hate to me.”