The Creators of Stranger Things Respond to Abuse Allegations

Netflix has taken a tough stance on allegations in the past but appears to be standing by the Duffer brothers for now.

Last week, fans of the popular show Stranger Things were shocked when allegations of verbal abuse on set surfaced on Instagram. Peyton Brown, a crew member on the show, released a statement saying that she wouldn’t be returning for another season due to the abusive behavior directed towards women behind the scenes.

Brown wrote, “I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women.” While she didn’t explicitly name anyone, it didn’t take much digging to discover that Brown was referring to Matt and Ross Duffer—the show’s creators.

Netflix is no stranger to scandal. The streaming service dealt with its fair share of controversy when actor Kevin Spacey from House of Cards was ousted on claims of sexual assault, and these new allegations seem to be snowballing.

According to Variety, Brown also wrote several accusatory comments on her original Instagram post prior to taking it down and releasing a less inflammatory version. One of the deleted comments read, “There was yelling, there were insults, there were threats and people were even fired or forced to quit because of them.”

Brown’s very public allegations drew the support of Lori Gabrowski, a Stranger Things script supervisor who affirmed Brown’s story. Gabrowski released her own statement via Instagram, writing, “It was very real not only to me, but other women on the set that also want to share their story. Peyton Brown witnessed not only my experience, but the similar experiences of others.”

Similar statements have been shared, indicating that there is at least one more woman who had a negative experience on set. A post from a private account belonging to a “llpetralia” read, “I was also one of the women who had to experience this first hand on the set of Stranger Things.”
The Duffer brothers released a statement to the Hollywood Reporter denying the scope of the allegations, saying they were “deeply upset to learn someone felt uncomfortable on our set.”

“Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize,” the brother continued. “However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”

Netflix has taken a tough stance on allegations in the past but appears to be standing by the Duffer brothers for now. In a public statement, the streaming service assured fans that the company had investigated the claims and found them to be without merit.

“Maintaining a safe, respectful atmosphere on set is important to us, and we know it is to the Duffer Brothers as well,” the company said.
There has been no mention of delaying the production of season 3 of Stranger Things, and cord cutters everywhere are looking forward to its release in 2019.

Patricia Howard

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Patricia Howard is a freelance journalist and Netflix enthusiast from rural Indiana. She has a bachelor''s degree in communication with a concentration in journalism. When Patricia isn''t writing, she enjoys catching up on her favorite shows with her husband and seven children.

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