Posted: 6:43 pm Monday, March 12th, 2018
Stranger Things took over Hollywood in 2016 & the Duffer Brothers, Matt & Russ, struck gold with their creation. Back in November, Ross faced some controversy after admitting that he pressured 15-year-old Sadie Sink, who plays Max on the Netflix hit, to have her first kiss on camera even though she openly said she was uncomfortable. Sadie said that the kiss between her character & Lucas was originally “not written in the script,” so she got really “stressed out” when she found out the creator wanted it to happen when the cameras were rolling. Ross responded, pretty much turning the blame on her- “You reacted so strongly to this — I was just joking — and you were just so freaked out that I was like, ‘Well I gotta make her do it now.’ That’s what happened. That’s why it’s your fault.” But that’s not the end of the on set drama! Last week, a female Stranger Things crew member, Peyton Brown, said she “personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on [the Stranger Things] set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women.” While she didn’t name the Duffer Brothers specifically, it was quickly assumed that they are who she was referencing. Netflix looking into her claims but found no wrongdoing. The Duffer Bros. released a statement, apologizing for causing someone to feel “uncomfortable” on set. “We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set,” she statement reads. “Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.” To add more fuel to the Duffer Bros. fire, Stranger Things script supervisor Lori Grabowski and assistant property master Laura Petralia have since chimed in to back Peyton’s story that the bros were verbally abusive on set.
I guess there’s no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters. I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a “few good men,” but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up. #timesup #theabusestopsnow #ontobiggerandbetter #standupforwhatsright #womenempowerment #ladygrip #sisterhood #iatsesisters #wewillbeheard #thispicsaysitall
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