Il grande successo di fantascienza “Stranger Things” è una delle più grandi storie di successo di Netflix fino ad oggi. Secondo TechRadar, la serie è al secondo posto sulla piattaforma di streaming dietro il mega popolare show horror-thriller “Squid Game”. Dalla prima anteprima nel 2016, ogni stagione di “Stranger Things” è diventata progressivamente più oscura, culminando nell’uscita più recente, la Stagione 4. L’ultima stagione ha seguito i personaggi preferiti dai fan Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink), Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) e Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin) mentre tentano di salvare la loro città da un terrificante mostro di nome Vecna. Poiché questi giovani attori hanno lanciato la loro carriera nello show, sono stati sinceri riguardo alle insidie ​​del vivere sotto i riflettori.

As for McLaughlin, he shoulders a bigger burden than the rest of his co-stars. As the only Black member of the group, his status as a teen icon is complicated by the racism and bigotry he's experienced from fans.

Caleb McLaughlin deals with racism

At the Heroes Comic Con Belgium convention, Caleb McLaughlin got real about facing racism on Netflix's "Stranger Things." He explained at the event, "It definitely took a toll on me as a younger kid." The 20-year-old added, "My very first Comic-Con, some people didn't stand in my line because I was Black. Even now some people don't follow me or don't support me because I'm Black."

McLaughlin also reflected on the fact that he has fewer Instagram followers than many of his "Stranger Things" co-stars. Millie Bobby Brown has the most with 58.5 million, while Noah Schnapp has 27.6 million — Caleb McLaughlin has just 15.6 million in comparison. At 14 years old, this led McLaughlin to question why he wasn't as popular, opening the door for conversations with his parents about racism. Thankfully, McLaughlin chose the high road and aims to use his platform to spread awareness of his situation. "I want to spread positivity and love because I do not give hate back to people who give hate to me," he added.

Unfortunately, McLaughlin's plight is not unique in the industry. Halle Bailey, who plays Ariel in Disney's upcoming "Little Mermaid" adaptation, faced racism from toxic fans who expected the titular mermaid to be played by a white star (via Vox). Likewise, Steve Toussaint, aka Lord Corlys in "House of the Dragon," slammed those who took issue with his casting. "They are happy with a dragon flying ... but a rich Black guy? That's beyond the pale," he joke to Men's Health.


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