Ever since the first season of Stranger Things debuted on Netflix last year, people have been obsessed with the show's stars. Now, it's one thing to be obsessed with a show and have an appreciation for the actors who helped create it, but some people have taken things a bit too far. It can be easy to forget that the main stars of Stranger Things are children. But they are. And that means some comments are completely off-limits.
Recently, actor Patton Oswalt took things too far with a comment he made about Finn Wolfhard.
It all went down when Patton Oswalt was introducing the Stranger Things cast at a Comic-Con panel back in July.
i’m sorry but why did this happen? https://t.co/GN3RFODlSN— hannah BLM (@hannah BLM)1509728257.0
Although the comment was made back in July, Oswalt has been under fire over the past few days after the above tweet containing video of the exchange went viral.
@TheAffinityMag I found it really disturbing when Patton Oswalt did a whole run about Finn Wolfhard being born with… https://t.co/29vinsUPru— Séamus Dowling (@Séamus Dowling)1509638637.0
Many people have correctly pointed out that Oswalt's comments sexualized a minor, and that is not OK.This is exactly the kind of joke that shouldn't be made in the first place, but it's especially dangerous to make jokes like this in an industry where children are already often preyed upon by people in positions of power. Finn Wolfhard and the rest of the kids from Stranger Things cast are just that: kids. No amount of laughter is worth making a sexual joke at their expense.
Oswalt acknowledged that he'd made a grave error in making the "porn star" joke, calling himself a "graceless a**hole."
WHY did it happen? ‘Cuz I thought I️ was being funny but was actually a graceless asshole. I’ve since apologized an… https://t.co/oASWRD0ZpJ— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt)1510020191.0