The hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown apparently began as a joke in 2017. Twitter users – many of them members of the LGBTQ community – began to propagate fake tweets and photoshop her Snapchat photos depicting Brown promoting horribly offensive sentiments about the gay community.
The joke here, apparently, is the fact that Brown is a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights and the mere idea of her being homophobic is laughable.
But, some were offended that the Internet would choose a young, talented, and outspoken advocate as the butt of a joke that is so offensive.
At the MTV Movie & TV Awards this week, Brown won the award for Best Performance in a Show and with her platform, she decided to share an important and powerful message about bullying.
While Brown was unable to physically attend the awards show, due to an injury and doctor’s orders (she shared this video on Instagram)…
She still found a way to make her win a moment. Brown thanked those who supported her throughout her career thus far and thanked her cast and crew that she works with on Stranger Things. She then continued to tell fans:
Finally, since I know there are many young people watching this — and even to the adults too, they could probably use the reminder — that I was taught: if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it. There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are, and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.
People on Twitter were living for her strength.
You can watch her full acceptance speech here: