19 February 2020, 18:10 | Updated: 6 October 2020, 10:17
“There are moments I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults”
Queen Millie Bobby Brown turned 16 today (Feb 19) and she used her birthday to post an Instagram video calling out sexualised media coverage she has received since becoming a star on Netflix’s Stranger Things.
In the caption to a video montage of Millie’s rise to fame, soundtracked by the Justin Bieber song ‘Changes’, Millie admits “the last few years haven’t been easy” because of the “inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me.”
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Ending on a positive note, Millie says: “but not ever will i be defeated. ill continue doing what i love and spreading the message in order to make change.”
Watch the video below:
The full caption reads:
“16 has felt like a long time coming. i feel like change needs to happen for not only this generation but the next. our world needs kindness and support in order for us children to grow and succeed. the last few years haven’t been easy, I’ll admit that.
“there are moments i get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me. but not ever will i be defeated. ill continue doing what i love and spreading the message in order to make change.
“Let’s focus on what needs changing and I hope this video informs you on the things that go on behind the scenes of the headlines and flashing lights.
“dont worry I’ll always find a way to smile 😉 leggo 16 ♡.”
Friends and fans have responded to Millie’s post with a wave of positivity and support.
Cast mate and BFF Noah Schapp wrote: “Happy bday millie this year is gonna be your year. AGAIN. here’s to 16 years old!” Bella Hadid added: “I love you Millie , happy birthday baby girl ♥️”
This is not the first time Millie has called out inappropriate or mean comments on social media. Last year, after promoting her role as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Millie responded to a commenter who wrote on her post: “Anyone else starting to loose interest in Millie?” by saying: “Watch the video, I explain that cyber-bullying needs to end. It’s okay to lose interest in me, but today we are taking a stand against online trolls.”