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“Stranger Things’” Caleb McLaughlin Just Called Out The Bigotry And Racism Within The Show’s Fandom

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When the first season of Netflix’s supernatural series Stranger Things premiered back in 2016, its cast of child actors quickly took the world by storm.

The show follows a group of kids in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and the young cast is made up of Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, and Millie Bobby Brown.

They were all aged between 10 and 14 when they filmed Season 1, and as the show has grown in popularity so has the cast’s star power.

Over the years, the group have attended Comic Cons around the globe while also using their surging social media profiles to interact with their millions of dedicated fans.

In fact, Noah is often going viral for his online shenanigans, which recently included a run-in with Doja Cat, and Millie’s off-screen success saw her feature in the 2018 Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people.

But not every Stranger Things’ child actor has felt the full extent of the fandom’s love and dedication, with Caleb recently opening up about his experience with racism while growing up in the public eye.

Caleb was just 14 when he made his debut as Lucas Sinclair in Season 1, and his character is one of the central roles in the series.

In the early episodes, Lucas was shown to be wary of Millie’s character, Eleven, and her psychokinetic abilities after his friends came across her when Noah’s Will went missing.

However, he eventually realized that Eleven was on their side and welcomed her into the group.

And once Sadie Sink joined Stranger Things as Max in Season 2, her and Lucas’s relationship became another focal point of the show that even featured in the most recent fourth season.

But despite Caleb’s consistently integral role throughout the series, he has noted that he doesn’t seem to receive the same amount of support from viewers as his costars.

In fact, Caleb has the least amount of social media followers of the young cast, and he has also said that lines to meet him at Comic Cons have been markedly shorter than his peers.

Now 20, the star opened up about his experience during an appearance at Heroes Comic Con in Belgium, where he admitted that the treatment he received in comparison to Noah, Finn, Gaten, and Millie “affected” him “a lot” when he was younger.

Caleb also recalled the moment that his parents told him that he was “the least favorite” and had fewer followers because he is the “Black child” on the show.

“My very first Comic Com, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was Black,” Caleb explained during the live Q&A. “Some people told me: ‘Oh, I didn’t want to be in line because you were mean to Eleven,’ even now some people don’t follow me or don’t support me because I’m Black.”

“Sometimes overseas, you’ll feel the racism,” he went on. “You’ll feel the bigotry, and sometimes it’s hard to talk about and for people to understand.”

“When I was younger, it definitely affected me a lot because — this is a deep conversation right now — you’re like: ‘Why am I the least favorite? The least amount of followers? I’m on the same show as everybody from Season 1,’” Caleb said.

As of September 2022, some of Caleb’s costars have over 10 million more Instagram followers than he does, with 15.4 million people following Caleb.

Gaten has 18.7 million followers, Finn 26.3 million, Noah 27.6 million, and Millie 58.5 million.

Sadie, who joined the show a season later, has 24.9 million followers.

“My parents had to be like: ‘It’s a sad truth, but it’s because you’re the Black child on the show,’” Caleb remembered. “Wow, that’s crazy. Because I was born with this beautiful chocolate skin I’m not loved?”

But Caleb refuses to stoop to the level of the racists, and added: “That’s why, with my platform, I’m going to spread positivity and love because I’m not giving hate back to people who are giving hate to me.”

Caleb’s comments were met with cheers of support from the Comic Con crowd, and when a video of the moment was shared online other Stranger Things fans were quick to share their heartbreak at the way that the star had been treated over the years.

Others were keen to point out that one of the show’s villains, Billy Hargrove, has a dedicated fanbase despite the character being racist towards Lucas.

“Black actors are always on (the) receiving end of hate and racism in their real lives over FICTIONAL characters they portray meanwhile white actors play literal villains and their characters will be adored and thirsted after,” one person wrote on a Reddit forum. “Like Billy from Stranger Things who has a huge fanbase because they found him hot despite that fact that the character was a racist pos.”

Someone else tweeted of Billy: “And yet somehow.. this racist ugly disease infected dirty low down thing still has a big fanbase who call him ‘baby’ and write fan fictions about him despite the fact that he targeted lucas simply because he was black. the stranger things fandom can go to hell.”

and yet somehow.. this racist ugly disease infected dirty low down thing still has a big fanbase who call him “baby 🥺” and write fan fictions about him despite the fact that he targeted lucas simply because he was black. the stranger things fandom can go to hell https://t.co/jrsFyusIC7


Twitter: @hotsjun

Another tweet read: “No because white characters in that series have done way worse than be (mean) to a character and have people excusing everything they do 24/7.”

no because white characters in that series have done way worse than be means to a character and have people excusing everything they do 24/7 https://t.co/CMTlFtmpKN


Twitter: @bkgsprite

“This is why i will always ride for the black characters in any show. the way these predominantly white fan bases be acting towards them is not discussed enough,” one fan wrote.

this is why i will always ride for the black characters in any show. the way these predominantly white fan bases be acting towards them is not discussed enough. https://t.co/PVUA8ZLCJF


Twitter: @bunnyeobeen

Another person commented: “One of the reasons I kinda fell out of Stranger Things was how people continue to treat Caleb. It’s sickening. He’s a talented actor and people don’t give the same love as the do his white co-stars. It’s exhausting.”

Someone else tweeted: “It’s sickening knowing that at such a young age caleb had to be told by his parents why he’s not as popular/has as many followers as the other cast members, and ppl still think racism isn’t an issue go to hell.”

it’s sickening knowing that at such a young age caleb had to be told by his parents why he’s not as popular/has as many followers as the other cast members, and ppl still think racism isn’t an issue go to hell


Twitter: @voidsinclair

It was also pointed out that Caleb’s experience sadly isn’t unique, with one person acknowledging that Black people are often left out when it comes to ensembles.

“I remember Leigh Anne from Little Mix always talked about being the least liked member from the beginning and feeling hurt by that,” one person wrote.

Leigh-Anne Pinnock was one of four members of British girl group Little Mix, who won the 2011 series of The X Factor UK. Last year, she released a BBC documentary called Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power, where she spoke openly and emotionally about the way that fans treat her compared to her white bandmates.

It followed a tearful Instagram video that she had posted where she revealed that she’d experienced fans ignoring her at concerts and refusing to cheer for her while she was on stage.

“I sing to fans who don’t hear me or see me or cheer me on,” she said at the time. “My reality is always feeling anxious before gigs or signings because I always feel the least favored.”

Similarly to Caleb, Leigh-Anne is the least-followed member of Little Mix on Instagram, and she has also called out the microaggression of her and her bandmate Jade Thirlwall, who is also a person of color, often being mistaken for each other even after 10 years in the public eye.

Why is it that the two women of colour are always mistaken for each other? 10 years in and still this is happening. This is the type of shit Jade and I have had to deal with for 10 years and this is another reason as to why I was fuelled to make my doc.
#DOBETTER
Leigh x


Twitter: @LittleMix



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The Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor Launched “The Dr. Ali Show” Produced By Bobby24

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After many years as a health expert in Beverly Hills as Concierge Doctor. Dr. Ali gets an hour of his own each weekday to discuss viewers’ health-and-wellness concerns, and most important health complications that could be prevented. No subject is off-limits, as Dr. Ali addresses viewers’ questions and talks to health experts about any and all topics, from sex to diet and exercise to diseases and ways to avoid them.

After many years as a health expert in Beverly Hills as Concierge Doctor. Dr. Ali gets an hour of his own each weekday to discuss viewers’ health-and-wellness concerns, and most important health complications that could be prevented. No subject is off-limits, as Dr. Ali addresses viewers’ questions and talks to health experts about any and all topics, from sex to diet and exercise to diseases and ways to avoid them. “The Dr. Ali Show” already have secured place on platforms like Apple TV, Tubi, Roku, Sling, Amazon Fite Tv, and multiple other channels, through the first season of “The Good Life”. Outside of the TV networks, the show is expected to be very popular through the outstanding network of various social media influencers that Bobby24 works with. Dr. Ehsan Ali is the founder and CEO of “Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor”. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is fellowship-trained in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Ehsan Ali completed his medical education at NYU (New York University) in 2008. Dr. Ali is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ali is the Lead Physician and provides medical care to all our concierge medicine members. Dr. Ehsan Ali has made appearances on several TV news stations, television shows, magazines, newspapers, and various media outlets domestically and internationally. CNN, LA TIMES, GQ MAGAZINE, HUFFINGTON POST, WALLSTREET JOURNAL, PAGE SIX are just a few examples. He enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle, such as running, hiking, swimming, and weight training. Dr. Ali volunteers at free medical clinics located in inner-city/urban areas in his spare time.

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Olivia Wilde Made Her First Public Appearance Since Reports That She And Harry Styles Are On A “Break”

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Olivia Wilde isn’t shying away from the public eye in the wake of her reported split from Harry Styles.

On Friday evening, news broke that Olivia and Harry had mutually decided to put their relationship on hold, with a source informing People that the pair are “taking a break” after nearly two years together.

The duo were first romantically linked in January 2021, after meeting when Olivia cast Harry to replace Shia LaBeouf as the lead in her movie, Don’t Worry Darling.

Since then, their relationship has been anything but smooth sailing, with the two finding themselves at the center of some of the year’s biggest celebrity controversies, namely focused around their film, which was released in theaters on Sept. 23.

And now, after a tumultuous year, the pair have reportedly decided to part ways, apparently citing conflicting priorities “that are keeping them apart.”

“He’s still touring and is now going abroad. She is focusing on her kids and her work in L.A.,” an insider revealed last week. “It’s a very amicable decision.”

The news made major waves online over the weekend, though it seems Olivia is attempting to rise above the chaos.

Marking her first public appearance since the reports, the Booksmart director took to the red carpet at the 13th Governors Awards in LA on Saturday.

Along with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Keke Palmer, and Florence Pugh, Olivia arrived at the event looking stunning and, according to some fans, “unbothered” by all the chatter currently surrounding her personal life.

And while we aren’t privy to the inner details of the reported split, Olivia’s coolness makes total sense given that there’s reason to suggest the decision to hit the brakes was fairly civil.

So, if we rewind less than a week ago to Nov. 15, Olivia and Harry seemed to be doing just fine.

That night, which was just three days before the break was announced, Olivia attended Harry’s show in LA along with her son, Otis, 8, and daughter, Daisy, 6, whom she shares with her ex, Jason Sudeikis.

Situated prominently in the crowd, there wasn’t a thing to suggest that Olivia had anything to hide as she danced away to her boyfriend’s hits.

One day prior to this, the pair had been seen at the gym together in Studio City.

Of course, this does raise the possibility that perhaps Olivia was taken by surprise by the split later that week. However, sources have already made clear that this apparently was not the case.

“There is no bad blood between them. Harry didn’t dump Olivia, or vice versa,” a subsequent insider told Page Six last week, adding that it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary that Olivia had decided to attend his show regardless.

“They’re friends, you’ll still see them together,” the source said.

And while the situation is technically being defined as just a “break” for now, the reasons for their split, combined with their upcoming schedules, suggest that an official rekindling might be quite difficult to facilitate.

With Harry about to embark on the South American leg of his tour, and Olivia apparently set to relocate to London to start work on a documentary, sources say making the relationship work would’ve been an “impossible” task.

“Things have been challenging for them as a couple because of Harry’s tour, while Olivia needs to spend time with her kids in London, where they are with Jason,” a second source told Page Six.

As we know, Olivia has wasted no time in facing the public after the break was reported, and it seems like Harry is equally as unphased, having been recently spotted doing a bit of retail therapy.

Just hours before the news of their split broke, Harry was photographed browsing a Ferrari dealership in Beverly Hills, apparently eyeing a $308,000 supercar.

Onlookers said he looked relaxed and happy as he strolled the store, which, along with Olivia’s recent outing, suggests that the exes are taking the break in stride.

Neither Olivia nor Harry have issued any kind of statement regarding the reports. However, in light of the fact that they never formally confirmed their relationship in the first place, it seems unlikely we’ll hear from them anytime soon.



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Julia Fox Said She Dated Kanye So He’d Stop Harassing Kim After Being Slammed For Dating A “Misogynist And Antisemite”

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Julia Fox Dated Kanye West To Stop Him Harassing Kim Kardashian

If you cast your mind right back to January, you’ll remember that Julia attracted tons of attention when she started dating Kanye West, who now goes by Ye.

At the time, Ye had expressed his hopes for a reconciliation with his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, who had filed for divorce from him a year prior.

In fact, just weeks before he and Julia began dating, Ye publicly pleaded for Kim to “run right back” to him at one of his concerts.

Nevertheless, Julia and Ye — or, as she put it, Juliye — continued with their romance and made a series of appearances together as a couple.

As far as we knew, the pair parted ways around Valentine’s Day, when Ye — who had been sharing regular posts about wanting to be back with Kim and their kids — sent the beauty mogul a truckload of red roses in another bid to win her over.

And ever since then, Julia has remained in and out of the spotlight, acquiring a new wave of fans away from Ye who often express their love for her outspoken persona and feminist values.

However, some people have questioned why the actor chose to date Ye — who, more recently, has sparked outrage for his antisemitic comments — while he was harassing Kim.

Now, Julia has taken to TikTok to explain herself.

In response to a comment that read, “I just wish you weren’t dating a famously violent misogynist and antisemite,” Julia said: “First of all, the man was being normal around me.” She then added that she’s long had “love” for the Kardashians because of their ties in the past.

“By the time me and him got together, he hadn’t been doing anything out there yet,” she said. “The only thing he had done was change the name in the song [to] ‘Come back to me Kimberly.’ That was really the only thing when we met.”

Julia then claimed that she wasn’t even initially keen to “hook up with a celebrity again” and didn’t give Ye much attention at the start.

“He was texting me, I wasn’t really answering,” she said, before claiming that Ye “kept going and going.”

“He was like, ‘You have bad text etiquette.’ And then I was like, ‘Oh my God, Kanye’s yelling at me, like, what do I do?’” she alleged.

And then, Julia claimed that she chose to date Ye in a bid to “distract” him so that he would leave Kim alone.

“But then I had this thought,” she said. “Maybe I can get him off of Kim’s case. Maybe I can distract him, like, just get him to like me.”

“I will say that that month we spent together, he wasn’t on Twitter… He wasn’t on any forms of social media. He didn’t even talk about his relationship,” she went on.

Julia then claimed that reports on the timeline of their relationship in the media were wrong, and that she was actually “out” as soon as “he started tweeting” about his desire to reunite with Kim.

“The moment he started tweeting, I was out,” she claimed. “The media reported on our relationship a week after it happened or something, so during that week I think you guys thought that we were together, but we weren’t.”

“I’d already been like, ‘Dude, I’m not gonna stick around for this shit.’ And also, I realized pretty quickly that he wasn’t gonna take my help. I was like, ‘I wanna help him, I wanna help him,’” she went on.

“I was delusional, I thought I could help him,” she added. “Anyway, didn’t work, and now we’re here.”

Julia then went on to clarify that in spite of everything, she still “deeply” respects Ye “as an artist.”

“That being said, really deeply respect the man as an artist. I don’t wanna shit on that, I don’t wanna reduce his whole career to his really bad moments, you know,” she said, before adding: “But that being said, I stand with the Jewish community, period.”



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