Problems Plaguing STRANGER THINGS
We knew it was gonna happen. Or we should have. I suspect none of us cared when Harvey Weisntein got outted as a sexual predator. It didn’t affect us any. We could collectively be pleased that such a heinous individual was getting his comeuppance. But once the #metoo movement got up and running, spawning other movements, like #timesup, we started hearing accusations against people we actually know and like. Stan Lee was accused–falsely accused, I maintain–of improper behavior. I had always liked Kevin Spacey, and while I was never a big James Franco fan, the guy did have some geek cred, and it’s unfortunate to see him go down in flames, too. Now, the Duffer brothers, the creators of STRANGER THINGS, are being accused of verbally abusing women on the set. The brothers say the claim is bogus. We will have to wait and see if any other women come forward. If none do, I will find the claims of the one crewmember, the one doing the accusing, questionable at best. It is, after all, also inevitable that people will misuse the #metoo movement to grind personal axes. Time will tell if that’s the case here, or if the Duffers are douches. Netflix reportedly investigated and found no evidence to support the accusations.
At the same time, STRANGER THINGS star Charlie Heaton is reportedly a cokehead. He got held up at the airport when cocaine residue was found in his luggage. It appears that it won’t interfere with his performing in the show–this time–as he was allowed to go back to his native England rather than being arrested, and is now back in the US and ready to work on season three of the hit series. Said Heaton: “I hadn’t come to terms with the fact that I was famous. When something steps in from the work you are doing and breaks into your personal life…you feel kind of vulnerable. All of a sudden it becomes a very big story and it gets really blown out of proportion.” Oh, cry me a freakin’ river! Here this douchebag is, with the world in the palms of his hands thanks to the series, and he’s risking it all by being stupid, then being a crybaby about it when he gets busted. It’s going to be hard for me to like his character from here on out, knowing what an entitled little pissant this guy is. Shame on you, Charlie! Hang your head LOW!