Stranger Things and Enola Holmes star Millie Bobby Brown asked for people to “show more respect for others” after she was harassed by a fan.
Brown posted multiple black-and-white videos to her Instagram Stories on Nov. 30 to recall an encounter with someone who recognized her. Brown was Christmas shopping with her mother when a girl recognized Brown and asked if she could take a video of Brown. Brown said no and was initially confused by the request because she didn’t understand why someone would just want a video of her versus one of them together.
But then the girl proceeded to film Brown anyway.
"I was paying and she walked past me and began to video me again,” Brown said. “And I said, ‘I'm a human being. Like, what more can I ask from you?'”
Brown burst into tears as she recalled the fan’s insistence on filming her anyway.
“I asked her and I asked her, and she said, 'So I can't take a video of a human being?’” Brown said. “And I said, 'No, not when I said no.' It just makes me upset when people try to push the boundary, and I just wish people were more respectful.”
She further explained that while she had no problem with taking photos with fans, she drew the line when people didn’t respect her boundaries and that she made the video to urge her fans to “show more respect for others, no matter who they are, what they do.”
Brown’s point of the videos, apart from highlighting that people should be more respectful, was to show both the toll of the constant sense of entitlement that some fans feel they might have to Brown along with portraying this incident as what it was: harassment. Brown also appeared to have recently deleted her TikTok account, although it's less clear if it was related to this incident or due to unrelated reasons.
“I am totally fine now,” Brown wrote in a subsequent update. “But was emotional in the moment because I felt uncomfortable and disrespected. Its important to set your boundaries and to speak up. I love you guys. Be kind to one and other!”
H/T E! Online