Apparently, there has been speculation about Will Beyers' sexuality on the sci-fi thriller Netflix series Stranger Things.
Numerous theories and rumors claiming that the main character is gay spawned via Reddit and an essay written by Daniel Reynolds of The Advocate.
Noah Schnapp, who playes Will Byers, has finally responded to the rumors with a lengthy post via his Instagram account saying:
"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?"
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 ❤️❤️
In his essay, Reynolds explains that the real monster in Stranger Things is not the Demagorgon, but homophobia itself. He goes on to examine the series as a meditation on homophobia in American culture, including Will and Barb being treated as queer, and the Upside Down as a metaphor for being, "in the closet."
Schnapp wraps up his thoughts perfectly when he says, "I'm only 12 but I do know that we all relate to being different."
Stranger Things, set in the '80s, follows a group of young, nerd-type kids as they try to find their best friend Will after he mysteriously goes missing. Local police and family get involved in the search for Will, eventually discovering a mind-bending little girl named Eleven and the existence of The Upside Down, another realm opened up by a secret government lab.
Stranger Things, from the Duffer brothers, is currently filming it's second season that promises to be "next level crazy." Season 2 will take us deeper into the Upside Down, Hawkins Lab, and venture outside of that sleepy little Indiana town.
Stranger Things Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix and season 2 is slated for release sometime in 2017.