Caleb McLaughlin has faced racism since he rose to fame on the series ‘stranger things‘.
The 20-year-old actor, who has played Lucas Sinclair on the show since its first series launched on Netflix in 2016 and has appeared in all four seasons to date, he recalled the treatment he was forced to deal with over the years.
Appearing in the ‘Heroes Comic Con’ in Brussels, Belgium over the weekend, said: “It definitely affected me as a child. My first Comic-Con, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was black.
“Some people said to me, ‘Oh, I didn’t want to be on your line because you were mean to me. raise”, (who is played by Millie Bobby Brown) declared”’, he declared.
The actor questioned on his Instagram account: “why am I the least favorite? why [tengo] the fewest followers? I’m on the same show as everyone else from the first season.”
Caleb has 15.4 million followers, which is well below Millie’s 58.5 million, while his fellow mainstays Noah SchnappFinn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarrazzo have 27.6 million, 26.3 million and 18.7 million respectively.
The actor has had the support of his parents, who made it clear to him from the beginning that he would face the intolerance.
He said: “My parents had to say, ‘It’s a sad truth, but it’s because you’re the black boy in the program’.
And I was like ‘Wow, that’s crazy’. Because I was born with this beautiful chocolate skin, am I not loved?
“But that’s why with my platform I want to spread positivity and love because I don’t return hate to people who hate me,” he said. (rts)