Will Byers’ struggle to come out of the closet in Stranger Things season 4 seems to be on point with Noah Schnapp‘s life. On Thursday, The young actor uploaded a video on Tiktok revealing he is gay and since then, fans of the Hawkins/Upside down universe are sharing their exhilarating reaction to the news on Twitter. Though many stans have also brought up Millie Bobby Brown‘s homophobic meme incident from 2017 since the two co-stars have been known to be best friends.
Will Byers, a character revealed to be gay in Stranger Things is being played by an LGBTQ actor. The Queer community has showered Noah Schnapp with an outpour of love since he shared a Tiktok video with the visual title stating, “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was ‘we know’.”
Schnapp further cleared any doubts by writing in the video’s description, “I guess I’m more similar to Will than I thought.” The general reaction from Stranger Things fans seems to be the same as Schnapp’s family, ‘we know’. Moreover, it has also brought up the famous Will Byers weeping scene from Stranger Things season 4 episode 8. It was later revealed by the 18-year-old actor that Will was gay and in fact in love with his friend Mike.
Among the flurry of supportive messages going out to Noah, Sadly, it also brought up the old meme from 2017 which painted Millie Bobby Brown as homophobic and racist in the name of satire. Readers can check it out below.
I guess I’m more similar to will than I thought
Noah coming out to the rest of the Stranger Things cast pic.twitter.com/sERZOJ8ZC6
— new year new mido (@midosommar) January 6, 2023
well of course noah schnapp delivered in this scene. AS IT TURNS OUT HE FUCKING GETS IT pic.twitter.com/HbhfZv40Mh
— maia 🍂 (@iTIMMYKIT) January 5, 2023
another queer on the stranger things cast pic.twitter.com/Eq7pwyqEPb
— lia 🚀 (@beeefyfridgerss) January 5, 2023
millie bobby brown after watch noah schnapp’s last tiktok pic.twitter.com/hQkEBy0jdS
— matt -79 (@lwtsigns) January 5, 2023
noah schnapp reading will’s projected storyline in stranger things pic.twitter.com/LEEUXDMbNj
— m (@thiccthwaites) January 5, 2023
The way Noah Schnapp just publicly came out via tiktok and had this as his caption 😭 an icon pic.twitter.com/euKUtevLlN
— Charlotte ✨ (@charlottes0phia) January 5, 2023
shoutout to the queer characters of stranger things played by actual queer actors pic.twitter.com/Tqyh34o7qe
— vale 🦌🎄⛄ (@llyfrausandrain) January 5, 2023
idk what i expected from 2023 but noah schnapp coming out as gay was not it
— haley (@2facedg1rl) January 5, 2023
this scene has more meaning now, proud of noah schnapp pic.twitter.com/A7G6J2zkIp
— mili 🧸 (@milistilinski) January 5, 2023
millie bobby brown finding out noah schnapp is gay pic.twitter.com/nDNTl5kTT9
— angel sin cielo (@rasonrodd) January 5, 2023
noah schnapp constantly eating up the role of will byers because he really knows the agony of being a closeted gay huh no wonder he always understood the assignment pic.twitter.com/oRxbY77uFn
— ridz (@filmkirbys) January 6, 2023
Noah schnapp: “I’m gay.”
the internet: pic.twitter.com/tJrSZSLa1n
— toss a coin to your witcher (@itsayosigns) January 5, 2023
noah schnapp came out AND said will is gay… 2023 about to be GOOOOOD pic.twitter.com/LcqfjPm4rf
— jess (@fiImdyke) January 6, 2023
doja cat when she hears noah schnapp came out pic.twitter.com/jfRBBvjrQS
— angel sin cielo (@rasonrodd) January 5, 2023
Noah Schnapp didn't act in this scene, fuck …pic.twitter.com/0zUWatogRc
— kanej 𓅨 (@rebecalara97) January 5, 2023
the duffer brothers when they casted noah schnapp as will byers: pic.twitter.com/65uOnLRok9
— evin🎗 (@TECHNOSPARKLEZ) January 5, 2023
millie bobby brown opening noah schnapp’s tiktok page pic.twitter.com/6yarxBvvMq
— david (@davidefinitely) January 6, 2023
Noah schnapp is a true method actor pic.twitter.com/NznpsiDKIe
— mel (@bylerDNI) January 5, 2023
noah schnapp coming out as gay meaning this stupid millie bobby brown joke is never gonna die pic.twitter.com/6k5uC8KCz0
— tom (@medodesebi) January 6, 2023
noah schnapp talking about will byers pic.twitter.com/H2XmfWoDTf
— Spirito Sfranto (@SpiritoSfranto) January 5, 2023
Millie Bobby Brown hearing the Noah Schnapp news pic.twitter.com/F8r5fgH34n
— hunty 💚🏳️🌈| 💐FLOWERS by MILEY CYRUS JAN 13TH (@huntys_pov) January 5, 2023
no because this scene will hit sm harder now that we know noah schnapp is gay like. he GETS it pic.twitter.com/V8Dxw0Wrz0
— avary 💐 (@kyoruyeye) January 6, 2023
truly i could not be more happy that noah schnapp plays will byers. having a queer teenager represented and advocated for by a queer actor feels incredible.
— cher 🎀⋆｡˚ (@cherbearsz) January 5, 2023
the moment noah schnapp knewpic.twitter.com/l7O5XDBp6W
— Dylan | SOS (@dylbehavior) January 5, 2023
The infamous troll meme known as #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown was criticized heavily as it quickly gained momentum, eventually bullying the actor into deactivating her Twitter profile. Similar troll-styled reactions are going viral on Twitter, spreading an absurd satire narrative that Schnapp’s coming out of the closet moment would not be taken lightly by Millie.
Meanwhile, the Noah Schnapp news has fans discussing the anticipated Stranger Things season 5. According to Puck, the main cast has apparently renegotiated their contracts with a pay bump with David Harbour & Winona Ryder set to make $9.5 million over the span of eight episodes. Whereas Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin will earn $7M.
Stranger Things season 5 is expected to stream on Netflix in 2024.
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