Stranger Things Stars Defend Finn Wolfhard After Backlash For Not Stopping For Fans

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Since Stranger Things Season 1 debuted on Netflix last year, Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike in the show, has become a major celebrity. But since he’s so talented on screen, it sounds like some people have forgotten that he’s still just a kid. After Finn didn’t stop to sign autographs or take photos on his way in and out of his hotel on Friday, some fans are calling him out, but there’s only one issue with that: Finn Wolfhard doesn’t actually owe them anything.

It all started when a fan shared a video of Finn ignoring requests to stop for a picture on Twitter over the weekend. In the tweet, the fan called Finn “heartless” because he wouldn’t stop. Here’s the video:

Finn? Heartless? Because he didn’t want to stop and chat with total strangers? We feel like that’s taking it a bit far, and as it turns out, so did his Stranger Things co-stars. Shannon Purser, who plays the legendary Barb (RIP), was the first to come out in support of Finn, letting the internet know that kind of behavior is unacceptable.

“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.,” she continued. “And I’m an adult. I can’t imagine being inundated with all this attention at his age. It’s intimidating. 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. They give you their art. They love their fans. Don’t take advantage of that. And if you can’t handle them needing space, stay away.”

Whoa. Shannon’s not messing around! And Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, also chimed in with a tweet of his own.

Since they’re so incredibly talented, it might be easy to forget that these kids are exactly that: kids. Finn is only 14 years old, and he’s still relatively new to the huge fanbase he’s amassed after starring in Stranger Things. It’s never appropriate to follow someone, even when they’re a celebrity, but especially when they’re a child. Like Shannon pointed out, it has to be pretty scary for someone so young to have people older than him trying to approach him when he’s just trying to go back to his hotel room. We wouldn’t blame him at all if he felt too uncomfortable to stop — not that he needs a reason to make that choice. He’s just human!

It’s cool to support Finn’s career and be totally obsessed with Stranger Things — duh, aren’t we all at this point? But following him around isn’t okay and neither is making him feel guilty for taking time for himself. Let Finn Wolfhard live, y’all!