Stranger Things star responds to claims that his character is gay

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Every so often, a TV show comes along and takes over the world, amassing just as many fan theories as it does viewers over the length of a series.

This summer, that TV show was Netflix original series ‘Stranger Things’, with viewers getting hooked on the mysterious disappearance of Will Byers, played by 12-year-old Noah Schnapp.

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The young cast of Stranger Things have taken the world by storm
The young cast of Stranger Things have taken the world by storm

The young cast of Stranger Things have taken the world by storm[/caption]

Despite the character’s young age, and arguably his lack of screen time throughout the sci-fi drama, some fans of the show speculated that Will is gay and have taken to the internet to share their theory.

In fact, it has become such a widely-discussed topic among some fans that Noah actually felt the need to have his say on the rumours, taking to Instagram last night to post a lengthy essay about whether or not his character is LGBT - and why it doesn’t matter either way.

Sharing a screenshot of fans’ on Twitter debating Will’s sexuality, Noah wrote: “So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I’ve been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point.

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Noah shared this screenshot to Instagram
Noah shared this screenshot to Instagram

Noah shared this screenshot to Instagram[/caption]

“An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren’t supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it. A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think.

"Which is what you are all doing. For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay?

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Noah plays Will in Stranger Things
Noah plays Will in Stranger Things

Noah plays Will in Stranger Things[/caption]

“I’m only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that’s why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out!”

And once again we have been completely blown away by the intelligence of Stranger Things’ young cast members.

For the record, we couldn’t agree with Noah’s points more.

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