‘Stranger Things’ star Caleb McLaughlin talks facing racism from fans

The actor opened up while on a panel at the Heroes Comic Con Belgium about the issue, which stars from "House of the Dragon" and "The Little Mermaid" have also experienced.
2:35 | 09/30/22

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Transcript for ‘Stranger Things’ star Caleb McLaughlin talks facing racism from fans
SEE. IT REALLY IS THE RIGHT STUFF FOR FALL COMING UP. >>> WE HAVE OUR COVER STORY TO TELL EVERYBODY ABOUT. CALEB McLAUGHLIN SAYING HE STRUGGLED WITH RACISM FROM SOME FANS OF THE SHOW AND STEPHANIE RAMOS HAS THE STORY. >> Reporter: HE'S BATTLED DEMONS THROUGH FOUR SEASONS OF THE NETFLIX THRILLER "STRANGER THINGS." BUT THIS MORNING CALEB McLAUGHLIN IS FACING EVIL IN THE REAL WORLD SPEAKING AT HERO'S COMIC-CON IN BRUSSELS ABOUT EXPERIENCING RACISM. >> MY FIRST COMIC-CON TIME SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T STAND IN MY LINE BECAUSE I WAS BLACK. >> Reporter: HE WONDERED WHY HE HAD FEWER SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS THAN HIS CO-STARS, SOMETHING HE STILL EXPERIENCES TODAY. >> WHY DO YOU KEEP PUSHING ME AWAY. >> MY PARENTS HAD TO BE LIKE, IT'S A SAD TRUTH BUT IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE THE BLACK CHILD ON THE SHOW. WOW, THAT'S CRAZY. BECAUSE I WAS BORN WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL CHOCOLATE SKIN, I'M NOT LOVED. >> YOU WOULD THINK IN 2022 THAT IT WOULDN'T STILL BE AN ISSUE BUT IT IS AND I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR CALEB TO TALK ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE BUT THAT'S HOW WE'LL REALLY KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED AND HOW BAD THINGS ACTUALLY ARE. >> Reporter: ALSO EXPERIENCING HATE, BRITISH ACTOR STEVE TOUSSAINT WHO IS ON "HOUSE OF THE DRAGON." HE SAYS HE WAS RACIALLY ABUSED ON SOCIAL MEDIA ADDING, THEY ARE HAPPY WITH THE DRAGON FLYING, BUT A RICH BLACK GUY? THAT'S BEYOND THE PALE. ♪ WISH I COULD BE ♪ >> Reporter: WHEN HALLE BAILEY WAS REVEALED TO PLAY ARIEL IN "THE LITTLE MERMAID" SOME USING THE #NOTMYARIEL. THAT DIDN'T STOP YOUNG BLACK GIRLS REJOICING AT SEEING A BROWN MERMAID. AS FOR CALEB, HE'S NOT LETTING THE HATERS GET TO HIM. >> WITH MY PLATFORM I WANT TO SPREAD POSITIVITY AND LOVE BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE HATE BACK TO PEOPLE THAT GIVE HATE TO ME. [ APPLAUSE ] >> Reporter: WE REACHED OUT TO CALEB'S TEAM AWAITING COMMENT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE SOME TOLD CALEB THE REASON THEY SHOW A PREFERENCE TOWARD HIS CO-STARS AND NOT HIM WAS BECAUSE HIS CHARACTER WAS MEAN TO THE CHARACTER OF ELEVEN PLAYED BY MILLIE BOBBY BROWN BUT AS FAR AS CALEB IS CONCERNED IT'S BIGOTRY

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