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A clip of Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things and also appeared in It, walking into a hotel as fans waited for him outside spread online over the weekend, causing swift debate among fans. Some fans used the video—which has since been taken down—to criticize Wolfhard for not stopping to take photographs or give autographs to fans, while others called out fan entitlement, defending the 14-year-old actor’s right to take a break.
Among those supporting Wolfhard was Turner, who was 15 when Game of Thrones premiered in 2011. In a series of tweets, she defended his and the other Stranger Things actors’ right to privacy. Just because they’re starring in a very popular TV show on Netflix doesn’t mean they owe fans anything.
Damn... seeing fully grown adults wait outside the ‘Stranger Things’ kids’ hotels etc , and then abuse them when they don’t stop for them...— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 6, 2017
Is super weird A. What adult in their right mind waits for a CHILD outside their hotel and B is then is offended when the CHILD doesn’t stop— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 6, 2017
It doesn’t matter if they are an actor... they are kids first. Give them the space they need in order to grow without feeling like they owe— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 6, 2017
Anyone anything for living their childhood dreams— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 6, 2017
Turner also pointed out that just because Wolfhard signed up to be an actor doesn’t mean he should have to deal with cameras constantly following him or aggressive fans—especially when those fans are adults.
“It doesn’t,” she said about the idea that this sort of behavior comes with the job.
And how dare you shun and demean that child when they don’t pose for an adult strangers photograph or walk over and talk to them when they..— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 6, 2017
.. take that NOT CONSENTED FOR photo . Doesn’t that go against everything we teach our children anyway? Pshhhh. Some people man.— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) November 6, 2017
Wolfhard also received support from his Stranger Things co-stars Shannon Purser (Barb) and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers). They both argued that Wolfhard, like everyone, needs a break sometimes, and Purser called out the fans who felt entitled to Wolfhard’s time.
“So, from one big sister to the world, don’t you DARE make young actors feel guilty or indebted to you because they couldn’t say hi,” she wrote.
Okay, no. No actor is under any obligation to stop for anyone. Finn is an incredibly kind human. But he's human and he needs breaks too. https://t.co/b4Lfrl1wU3— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 4, 2017
I experience this on a significantly smaller scale, obviously, but I've had people waiting for me in hotel lobbies, at my airport gate, etc.— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 5, 2017
And I'm an adult. I can't imagine being inundated with all this attention at his age. It's intimidating.— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 5, 2017
So, from one big sister to the world, don't you DARE make young actors feel guilty or indebted to you because they couldn't say hi.— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 5, 2017
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.