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Caleb McLaughlin on Racism From "Stranger Things" Fans: "It Definitely Took a Toll on Me"

Caleb McLaughlin on Racism From

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The outpouring of love for "Stranger Things" reached an all-time high following the premiere of season four on Netflix. As fans rallied around Eddie Munson and even built dedicated fan groups for Vecna - arguably the show's most terrifying and twisted villain - longtime main cast member Caleb McLaughlin decided to speak out about his personal experience with the "Stranger Things" fandom, calling out the racism and bigotry he's faced over the last six years as the show's only Black lead.

"My parents had to be like: 'It's a sad truth, but it's because you're the Black child on the show.'"

During Heroes Comic Con in Belgium, held on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, McLaughlin spoke to Netflix viewers about his experience dealing with widespread racism from fans starting as early as age 14. "When I was younger, it definitely affected me a lot because - this is a

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