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Millie Bobby Brown Addresses Being Sexualized

It’s very disgusting when the press swarms to a female celebrity as soon as they turn 18 and they make a big deal about how beautiful she is, as in how sexy she is and how grown up she is. It just happened to Billie Eilish a few years ago, and Bindi Irwin a few years before that. But we all remember when it happened to stars such as Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera when they made the jump from child star into adulthood. Now, it’s happening with Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things.

She was 12 when she started being Eleven. But we knew her a few years before that. Millie Bobby Brown was nine years old when she played the role of Young Alice in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland back in 2013.

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The point is that we watched this little girl grow up. Just like the other young female celebrities, they were kids who eventually became adults. And on their 18th birthday as they are blowing out the candles, here comes the paparazzi swarming all around them.

There is no pause in Hollywood. Like vultures, they come from all angles with their cameras, hoping to catch the most interesting shots of her. Headlines talking about how she’s all grown up and how great she looks. And of course, there most likely has already been those shady vultures who have approached her about photoshoots of a completely different kind.

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But the creepiest part about it all is that Millie Bobby Brown has spoken about her sexualization before. When she was 16, she talked about how she was treated. She talked about how people commented on the way she dressed and the way she looked. These weren’t just innocent comments about looking nice, or being sweet. Can you imagine being a child and the comments being published are about your body, your weight, the way you fit in an outfit?

Of course that happens to all celebrities, especially when they’re on the red carpet. But when they’re 16, doesn’t it seem inappropriate to make those kinds of observations? She thinks so, “We should be talking about the incredible people that were there at the awards show, the talent that was there, the people we are representing.” She went on to say that the new treatment she was receiving now since she’s turned 18 is “gross.”

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With 17 acting credits and 4 credits as a producer, she’s an 18 year old who has accomplished more in her young life than most people will throughout theirs. Why can’t that be the topic of conversation when they mention her name? It’s as if the press is tone-deaf to the message they are trying to put out themselves. In one breath they cry ME TOO, and the next they are sexualizing a girl who just became of age.

I’m with Millie. It’s gross!

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