‘Stranger Things’ star Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, penned a thoughtful essay on Instagram in response to fans questioning the Duffer Brothers about their character choices. Click through to read his message!
At just 12 years old, Noah Schnapp is an incredibly powerful writer and mature thinker. He posted a screenshot to Instagram on October 16 showing just a sampling of some of the people who discuss the sexuality of Stranger Things characters, including his own, Will Byers. The bullies on Stranger Things tend to use homophobic language, it being the 1980s, and the continued references to Will being “queer” or a “fairy” have some thinking his character actually is gay. He wants viewers to just pause before deciding, or getting even angrier at the show’s creators and directors, Ross and Matt Duffer, for not making any of the characters openly gay.
“So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I’ve been reading stuff for a while,” Noah wrote on Instagram. “I think everyone here is missing the point. An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren’t supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it. A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing. For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point.
“Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different,” Noah continued. “Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I’m only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that’s why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out! #dufferbrothers ❤️❤️”
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