Weird things Viewers are criticizing the show for its handling of a story involving Will Byers’ sexuality.
Since the third season, the Netflix series has hinted that Will might be gay and struggle to break out after developing his feelings for his best friend, Mike Wheeler (Fin Wolfhard).
Will’s sexuality became a talking point after the release of Season 4 last week, with the show offering several more hints that he might be gay.
In the fourth season, Will appears very upset with Mike for not keeping in touch after moving to California. He’s also shown to back off when a girl flies with him in class, where he’s doing a project on Alan Turing.
Turing is a mathematician and computer scientist who helped crack a number of German zeros during the war. He was later persecuted for being gay in 1952.
However, Noah Schnapp, who plays Will, said in an interview that the show’s makers, the Dover brothers, intentionally “never talk about it or say blatantly what the will is.”
“I think that’s her beauty,” he said, adding, “It’s only up to the audience’s interpretation – if it’s about refusing to grow up and growing slower than his friends or if he’s really gay.”
“Can I say, it’s 2022 and we don’t have to sort things out,” said Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven.
However, after this interview, many were alarmed by the fact that the show might shy away from direct talk of the topic, and are now accusing the show of “luring”.
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“Leaving such identities unexplored and being open to such an interpretation is not the stroke they think it is,” said Scott Bryan, a television journalist.
“It’s neither pretty nor underestimated when cryptic male characters get all the benefits of being eccentric and none of the joy or peace that comes with it,” added adspexi.
Others have commented ironically that Schnapp’s comments arrived before Pride Month began on June 1.
“In honor of Pride Month, Netflix is keeping LGBT characters in the closet,” wrote @nickdiramio, while Zach_Frank joked, “So excited to kick off translation month with audiences tomorrow.”
Some suggest, though, that Schnapp was just playing timid and that Will’s sexuality will be explored in a scene set to air when season four ends later this year.
Television writer Tyler Dinucci wrote, “I think the problem with Will Byers stuff is that they’re going to reveal he’s gay at some point, but it’s going to be a plot point, so it makes being able to answer questions about it kind of weird right now.”
Dinucci also praised the writing surrounding Robin (Maya Hawke) and her sexuality.
Meanwhile, Brown was defended after a A strange series of memes attributed to anti-gay quotes It reappeared online.
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