“Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown took the opportunity to denounce bullying during her acceptance speech at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards after she became subject of homophobic memes and quit Twitter last week.
“Finally, since I know there are many young people watching this–and even to the adults, too –they could probably use the reminder that I was taught: If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,” she said in the video, saying she couldn’t be there in person to accept the award for Best Performance in a Show due to an injury. “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you.”
She added, “If you need a reminder of how worthy you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.” The actress deactivated the option for fans to comment on her posts on the social media platform.
Last week, Brown left Twitter after multiple images of her were turned into anti-gay tweets, culminating in a meme that gained steam on the social media platform.
Brown, who is only 14, became the subject of a series of Photoshopped images depicting her as homophobic, as well as a hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown, which first appeared in November and resurfaced in June — coinciding with the beginning of Pride Month.
In reality, Brown is an active supporter of LGBT rights as well as an anti-bullying advocate. She wore an LGBT pin to the MTV Awards in 2017 and started a secondary Twitter account, @Milliestopshate, last summer to prevent bullying and cyberbullying.
Watch the video below.
“Landing the role of Eleven in @Stranger_Things has changed my life.” Congratulations to Millie Bobby Brown for winning Best Performance in a Show ❤️| Tune into the #MTVAwards right now on @MTV! pic.twitter.com/dRODnOPKDz
— Movie & TV Awards (@MTVAwards) June 19, 2018