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Caleb McLauglin Is Making Headlines In Celebrity News

Actor Caleb McLaughlin went viral after openly discussing how he’s treated in comparison to his white costars on the successful Netflix show, Stranger Things

With a huge fanbase since its inception in 2016, its popularity has seen nothing but love for the entire cast. However, for McLaughlin, that can be a different matter.

He plays Lucas Sinclair, which is one of the few Black characters on the hit show, since the age of 14. His experience taught him that not all fans view characters the same way.

According to TV Insider, McLaughlin conveyed disappointment on his journey after coming into contact with fans at Comic-Con during a meet-and-greet session. 

“My very first Comic-Con, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was Black,” he explained during a live Q&A. 

He added, 

“Some people told me: ‘Oh, I didn’t want to be in line because you were mean to Eleven,’ even now some people don’t follow me or don’t support me because I’m Black.”

McLaughlin went further with how the U.S. fans differ from that those overseas saying, 

“Sometimes overseas, you’ll feel the racism. You’ll feel the bigotry, and sometimes it’s hard to talk about and for people to understand.”

He continued, 

“Why am I the least favorite? The least amount of followers?” McLaughlin questioned. “I’m on the same show as everybody from Season 1.”

Caleb McLaughlin Talks Racism With His Parents

He explained that with the help of his parent’s guidance throughout his career, they were a great help as he navigated being a Black character in a majority all-white cast, 

“My parents had to be like: ‘It’s a sad truth, but it’s because you’re the Black child on the show,’” Caleb remembered. “Wow, that’s crazy. Because I was born with this beautiful chocolate skin I’m not loved?”

Social Media Having A Say So In This Celebrity News

McLaughlin only has 15.4 million followers on Instagram which pails in comparison to his white counterparts. Noah Schnapp, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and Finn Wolfhard, make up over 130 million followers on the picture-sharing app, per Blavity


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Get to know Caleb McLaughlin More in this clip with Sadie Sink

Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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