People Are Worried An Actor In "It" And "Stranger Things" Is Being Sexualized By His FansGet the Full StoryThose who say they are true fans of Finn Wolfhard and the It cast told BuzzFeed News their admiration for the actors is purely platonic.
Finn Wolfhard is a 14-year-old actor best known for his roles in Stranger Things and It.
Since Wolfhard's appearance in Stranger Things, his increased profile has made him the subject of attention online, some of which is seen as inappropriate for his age.
But there were also a number of tweets that were seen to sexualize him.
"Some people think the older people in the fandom sexualize the cast but we really don't," she said. "It gave me the opportunity to be in a great group chat. I'm very proud of how far he's come. He has done so well and supporting him is one of the best things I've ever done."
BuzzFeed News was added into a 30-person group chat of It fans, named "floats your goat ," who collectively spoke about their experiences and motives for being in the fandom.
"It’s so disgusting and I would feel terrible if someone said that to me," said one member about the sexualization of the It cast. The group agreed.
"We're around their age," another said. "I don't like it or think it's acceptable at all! Neither does Finn. Many kids use the excuse that it's funny and they're the same age but it's still weird."
Members clarified that they ship "Fack" as a friendship, though some find this uncomfortable, while others ship "Reddie," but because it's between two fictional characters, it's different.
One member of the group said that two characters in It, Bev and Bill, kiss at the end of the film and this has not been described as sexualizing the characters, so they wondered why "Reddie" has been.
While the group chat has only been around for about a month, many members in it have previously stanned for YouTubers and One Direction members. They plan to keep the fandom going for the next It film in 2019. The group describe themselves as a family.
"I don't think we're friends because of It," a member said. "We're friends because we get along so well."
"I kept saying sorry but instead of forgiving me and accepting it they posted it onto Twitter," she said. "It spread. Obviously, that really upset me because I love to go on Twitter and support Finn, Jack, and Wyatt."
She said she's now created a new account to continue her support of the cast.