Evan Rachel Wood Calls Out ‘Stranger Things 3’ For Hopper’s Toxic Behaviour
The actress has weighed on her thoughts about a particular burgeoning relationship in the show's third season.
It seems everyone is watching 'Stranger Things 3' since it dropped on July 4 -- but that doesn't mean the reception has been entirely positive.
One such criticism came from actress Evan Rachel Wood, who has spoken out against the series for its "violent" depiction of Jim Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce Byers’ (Winona Ryder) blossoming romantic relationship.
Calling out the character's "toxic" behaviour over a series of tweets, the 'Westworld' star noted that Hopper's behaviour has “red flags galore", and that Netflix should be more mindful so not to normalise such behaviour.
"You should never date a guy like the cop from #strangerthings," she wrote in the initial tweet, adding, "Extreme jealousy and violent rages are not flattering or sexy like TV would have you believe. That is all."
After fans laughed off the tweet, replying to the actress that he is simply a "fictional character", Evan clapped back, writing, "Yes I am aware its 'just a show' and its set 'in the 80s' even though this stuff was unacceptable then too, but that's exactly my point. Its just a show and this is a gentle reminder not to fall for this crap in real life. Red flags galore."
She added, "Also I cant not laugh at the people assuring me its just a show but correcting me on the characters name."
Detailing what aspect of Hopper's behaviour set her off, she noted the scene where “[Joyce] rescheduled the date he yelled and got in her face about [it],” she wrote.
“No thanks,” Evan added.
It's clearly a point of contention for the actress, who has been candid about her own experiences in past abusive relationships. Earlier this year, she posted a series of photographs with the hashtag #IAmNotOK, where she explained that as these images were taken, she had been suffering mentally as a result of her toxic relationship -- though she didn't name the abuser.
“The day of this photo shoot, I was so weakened by an abusive relationship. I was emaciated, severely depressed, and could barely stand. I fell into a pool of tears and was sent home for the day,” she wrote.
"The casual elegance of the photos is incredibly deceiving, creating a harsh juxtaposition against what Wood describes as her mental state at the time of the shoot.
She has also previously testified before Congress on behalf of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, recounting her own experiences with abusive relationships and self-harm.
“If you can’t hear the whole truth, you will never know true empathy,” she said at the time.
“I believe in the saying, ‘If we have to live through it, you should have to hear it.’”
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