‘Stranger Things’ News & Update: Noah Schnapp Talks About Will Byers Character On Being Gay Or Not [VIDEO]By Noi Ramirez, UniversityHerald Reporter
Noah Schnapp plays Will Byers on "Stranger Things," an 80's themed hit horror series on Netflix. Schnapp discussed on Instagram whether the character he plays on the show is gay or not.
Schnapp shared a snapshot between two Twitter users talking about his character's sexuality on "Stranger Things" via his Instagram account. The 12-year old actor revealed he has wisdom beyond his years when he joined in the fan discussion, according to Huffington Post.
So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I've been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point. An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren't supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it. A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing. For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I'm only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that's why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out! #dufferbrothers ❤️❤️
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The internet has forced a 12-year-old to reply about a young boy’s sexuality on a fictional show. “Stranger Things” is a series set in the 80’s following a group of children whose friend went missing mysteriously.
The possibility of Will Byers being gay is a hot issue among multiple platforms. According to The Advocate, there are obviously no gay characters in "Stranger Things," and their status as outsiders resonate for LGBT viewers even the slurs used to describe them.
Will for one, during a memorial service arranged by the school, was even said to be in "fairyland," with all the other fairies flying around all happy and gay. Mike (Finn Wolfhard) then confronted the bullies who made fun of his disappearance and presumed he is dead. Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) speaks with a lisp because of cleidocranial dysplasia (missing adult teeth), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), is an African-American.
It does not seem to matter to Schnapp whether his character in “Stranger Things” is gay or not, and he says to fans that they are missing the point. He says he is only 12 but does know that we all relate to being different. Wise words from the young actor for telling fans not to bring to focus whether the character he plays is indeed gay or not, but rather focus on how he and the other different young characters come together in the show and how they are being treated by society.
“Stranger Things” is the third most-watched, self-produced program on Netflix created by brothers Ross and Matt Duffer. Filming for "Stranger Things" Season 2 has already started but the 9-episode season will not be broadcast until next year.