Millie Bobby Brown, the breakout star of Stranger Things, closed down her Twitter account on Wednesday.
She follows along with Star Wars actresses Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley who both left Instagram after continuous harassment. Actress and comedian Leslie Jones left in 2016 after dealing with an onslaught of vicious racism.
Brown, who is an advocate against bullying, is said to have dropped out of Twitter due to nasty messages she received as a result of an idiotic hashtag that sprang up called #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown.
It all started with an internet lie in November 2017, when @KelsFiona said the actress ripped off her hijab at the airport:
The account for @KelsFiona has since been removed but the hashtag continued to propagate, taking on a life of its own with Twitter user after Twitter user accusing Brown of being homophobic and racist.
There were, of course, plenty on Twitter who called out the hateful bullying:
So if everyone starts telling people on Twitter that you’re a pedophile and some people believe it, you’ll laugh because it was a joke, right?— Darcy F (@PhantomPhan) June 14, 2018
@quaketh @KelsFiona @SeokjinSwifts @addyeet @TschinkelCory @Ahmedxjean @hausofaquaria Calling out these hideous trolls who made or reposted violent homophobic memes about 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown: This is how bullying pushes children off the cliff. SHAME ON YOU!— chaela (@icelti) June 14, 2018
pretending millie bobby brown, a literal child, is a violent homophobe for memes is fucking disgusting and not funny at all. You are grown adults, editing photos of her with captions that include the f slur, violence against lgbt community for comedy and it’s fucking gross.— caa (@zunbarya) June 12, 2018
I'm gonna lose followers for saying that pretending Millie Bobby Brown is a violent homophobe for the laughs is fucked up. That's the story, kids🤷🏻♂️— Mar is Angie's 🌸 (@tiny_queermails) June 10, 2018
what's the point of attacking a 13-year-old child? and you're probably older than her. she's just a kid, what do you get from lying about her? fame? you can get that with good stuff, you can be nice. if you have the least of humanity in your heart, please stop it!— la (@LarissaRochaT) November 18, 2017
This might be an unpopular opinion but the Millie Bobby Brown is homophobic memes are disgusting and not funny at all. She’s an fucking child and years from now those images will still be there & could legitimately get her in trouble or damage her career. You all fucking suck— mary (@LoveIyLeia) June 13, 2018
The good news is Brown still has her anti-bullying @Milliestopshate but it hasn't been updated in a while.
Back in December she sent out the following tweets urging kindness.
Many of her young fans heard her loud and clear and cheered her on:
This is a sad trend.
Be better Internet.