Millie Bobby Brown Broke Down in Tears Because a Fan Took a Video of Her

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One of the side effects of having TV shows about childhood is that you make children TV stars. It generally doesn’t end well. One of the reasons is that kids are dumb sociopaths and teenagers are so full of hormones that they can’t think straight.

Millie Bobby Brown is 16 and has starred in two massive hits for Netflix: Stranger Things and Enola Holmes. That is not the ideal age to be dealing with that kind of fame.

In fact, here’s how Uproxx reports Brown dealt with an aggressive fan video: by breaking down in tears.

Being famous is not always fun. The money and worldwide admiration is not worth it when you regularly have “uncomfortable” encounters in public with strangers, which is what recently happened to Millie Bobby Brown. The Stranger Things star was out Christmas shopping with her mom when a young woman recognized her. “She said, ‘Can I take a video of you?’ I said, ‘Um, no.’ But why would anyone want to be taken a video of? Of me? It’s not like of the both of us,” Brown said on Instagram Live. “I don’t need to justify it to anyone. If I don’t want to be taken a video of, I don’t have to be.”

The fan still wouldn’t leave her alone, however:

Millie continued her story, saying, “I was paying and she walked past me and began to video me again. And I said, ‘I’m a human being. Like, what more can I ask from you?’” The actress began crying, telling fans through tears, “She said, ‘So I can’t take a video of a human being?’ And I said, ‘No, not when I said no.’ It just makes me upset when people try to push the boundary, and I just wish people were more respectful.”

So let me get right to this. I don’t know what the laws are like in Britain but in the US you pretty much have the right to film anyone in public, there’s no expectation of privacy in public spaces. It’s the whole reason TMZ can exist and celebrities have to learn how to coexist with paparazzi.

But maybe don’t make the teenage girl cry because you want to take a video of her. Sure, you’re allowed to videotape celebrities in public, but if you’re a fan of someone why would you want to upset them? You’re just being a dick.

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