Stranger Things is the latest Netflix show to come under fire from crew members calling out misconduct from the set. Creators of the hit thriller Matt and Ross Duffer are being accused of verbally abusing some of the woman during work hours. Season 3 is gearing up for production, and Netflix has been notoriously ruthless in removing unwanted elements from its show. As these guys are the driving creative force behind Stranger Things, it's going to be a bit wicked watching this one play out.
The #MeToo and Time's Up movements have swept Hollywood since late last year, and a number of high profile sex scandals and other abuse allegations have decimated careers. Netflix's own Kevin Spacey was fired from House of Cards mid-production on the final season. And Danny Masterson, accused of raping multiple women, has been ousted from his co-starring role on the popular sitcom The Ranch. Most recently, creator of iconic 90s sitcom Full House and show runner on the revival Fuller House, Jeff Franklin was fired for inappropriate comments made on set, and bringing girlfriends onto the show for various different roles.
The Duffer Brothers aren't being immediately accused of sexual misconduct. These latest allegations claim the pair are verbally abusive, with their targets being mostly female. And the environment on set is being described as hostile. Multiple women are accusing the two men of this bad behavior, with some claiming they have been forced to quite because of their toxic personalities.
In celebration of International Women's Day this past Thursday, a grip from Season 1 came forward with her own story about the abusive nature on set. Peyton Brown, who has more than 13,000 followers, explained that she was using the opportunity to announce that she would not be returning to work on Season 3, which is gearing up soon.
"I guess there's no better day than #nationalwomensday to say #timesup and announce that I will not be a part of the filming of Season 3 of Stranger Things. Why, you ask? Because I stand with my sisters.I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would. I have 11.5 thousand followers who can hear me say this, TIME IS UP. Women in the film industry are POWERFUL. We will rise and we will scream from mountain tops in support of each other and I will not contribute my time, efforts, and talent to such abusive people. There is too much going on in this world to be regressive. There are too many amazing and highly respected men in respective positions of power that I have had the utmost pleasure of working beside. Those are the people I want to surround myself with. Those are the projects I want to be a part of. This industry is no longer led by a "few good men," but instead by an OCEAN of ASTOUNDING WOMEN. Enough is enough. For my sisters- Time is up."
Though she doesn't name them here, Entertainment Tonight alleges to confirm that Brown is definitely talking about both of the Duffer Brothers. In a response to one of her commenters, which is hidden on Instagram, Brown goes onto say this.
"There was yelling, there were insults, there were threats and people were even fired or forced to quit because of them."
That quote is now gone from Brown's site, but Entertainment Weekly was showing a copy of it. As of now, there are no further details to go off of. The allegations have yet to be full investigated by Netflix, who are diligently working through ever case that comes across their desk. None of these allegations have yet to be verified. And the repercussions are unknown at this time, or how they may effect Stranger Things moving into its third season. Mashable reached out to Netflix, Brown, and a representative of the Duffer Brothers for comment. But they are staying silent for the time being. The Duffer Brothers experienced a strong backlash shortly after the second season aired last year, when it came out that they had allegedly forced newcomer Sadie Sink, who plays Max, to kiss one of her young male co-stars in an unscripted moment.