Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas Sinclair – the only leading Black role in the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” – is speaking out against the racism he’s received from fans of the show since the series first premiered back in 2016.
McLaughlin, who is now 20-years-old but began acting in the show at the age of 14, opened up about the issue at the Heroes Comic Con Belgium convention, saying “it definitely took a toll on me as a younger kid.”
“Some People Didn’t Even Stand In My Line Because I Was Black” McLaughlin Said Of His First Comic Con
He added that “some people didn’t even stand in my line because I was black… (at) my very first Comic Con,” and that “some people told me (that) they didn’t want to be in my line because I was mean to (the series main character) Eleven.”
“It definitely took a toll on me as a younger kid,” “My very first Comic Con, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was black. Some people told me, ‘Oh I didn’t want to be in your line because you were mean to Eleven,’ ” McLaughlin said.
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Despite the fact that this incident would have happened around the time of Season One of the sci-fi show, the actor revealed he continue to face racism from fans even today, specifically mentioning when he’s overseas, saying “it definitely affected me a lot.”
“Even now, some people don’t follow me or don’t support me because I’m black,” McLaughlin continued. “Sometimes overseas you feel the racism, you feel the bigotry. Sometimes it’s hard to talk about and for people to understand, but when I was younger, it definitely affected me a lot.”
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