Shannon Purser Rushes To Defend Finn Wolfhard On Twitter After Fans Call Him “Rude And Heartless”

Emily Gadsby
Shannon Purser Finn Wolfhard
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Shannon Purser, who played “Barb” on the smash Netflix series “Stranger Things” knows a thing or two about getting justice. After her death-by-Demogorgon in the freshman debut of the throwback horror series, #JusticeForBarb began trending as fans of the show scoffed at the character’s demise in a literal pool of upside-down ooze. 

Now, Purser is using her character’s cult-following on social media as a platform to defend former co-star Finn Wolfhard, the breakout young celeb who plays Mike on the hit series. In a now-deleted video posted to Twitter, Wolfhard was seen walking from his hotel to a waiting vehicle without acknowledging fans gathered to grab a picture or snag an autograph from the rising young star. When the 14-year-old failed to stop for the impromptu meet and greet, a fan posted the video to twitter with the caption: “That’s so rude. Imagine being 14 and heartless that you can’t even stop for your fans who made you famous in the first place! WOW.”

Purser, after viewing the video and seeing flood of comments criticizing Wolfhard for his “ungrateful” attitude quickly rushed to the teen’s defense in a series of tweets: 

“Okay, no. No actor is under any obligation to stop for anyone,” Purser wrote. Finn is an incredibly kind human. But he’s human and he needs breaks too. I experience this on a significantly smaller scale, obviously, but I’ve had people waiting for me in hotel lobbies, at my airport gate, etc. And I’m an adult. I can’t imagine being inundated with all this attention at his age. It’s intimidating,” she added, pointing out the stress young celebs are under living their formative years under the microscope of the public eye. 

Purser’s last comment, “They give you their art. Don’t take advantage of that,” resonated with fans who echoed the sentiment with their own messages of support.

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, everyone needs a few minutes of “me” time to decompress at the end of a stressful day. Wolfhard’s gilded celebrity status doesn’t exempt him from the need for privacy, and the young star shouldn’t be publicly berated for not jumping through hoops for each and every fan request.