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Stranger Things Season 5 Boycott

Photo courtesy of @netflix Instagram.
Photo courtesy of @netflix Instagram.

Many Stranger Things fans are planning on boycotting Stranger Things season 5 after pro-zionist remarks on social media from star actor, Noah Schnapp, about the conflict in Israel.

Stranger Things was supposed to be in production last May for a potential release in 2024 but due to the SAG-AFTRA Strike, they put production on a hiatus. As of Jan. 8, the filming of the beloved Netflix original has kicked off. Netflix confirmed through an Instagram photo of the cast and producers captioned “THIS IS A CODE RED STRANGER THINGS 5 production has officially begun!!!”

Some commenters said to boycott and were upset to see Schnapp in the photo while, others were excited for the new season or didn’t think anything about it.

“People are still going to watch it nonetheless because it’s just a show,” junior Hadley Ward said. “Noah is still going to get paid so who cares.”

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Shortly after Hamas surprise attacked Israel on Oct. 7, Schnapp made a response to his Instagram account.

“As a Jewish American, I am afraid…,” He wrote, “…While you justify the murders and tortures of our loved ones, we will hope and pray for safety, justice, liberation, and self-determination in Palestine.”

The Instagram post was deleted shortly after posting and he made a new response on TikTok addressing the backlash on his original post.

“I feel like my thoughts and beliefs have been so far miscontributed from anything even close to what I believe,” Schnapp said. “I only want peace and safety and security for all the innocent people affected by this conflict.”

After trying to clarify his original message the hate from others did not cease to end and when Stranger Things season 5 was announced people were quick to call a boycott.

“[Schnapp] is one of the main characters in the show so I think it’s understandable [to boycott]” junior Maxine Olson said. “And even though some people are boycotting Stranger Things, some people are still getting Starbucks. I feel like if you’re going to do one thing then do it all.”

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Scout Bradley, Reporter
Hi! This is my first year being a reporter on the Trailblazer staff. I run on the McNeil cross country and track team. I enjoy listening to music, running and spending time with my friends. I am excited for the upcoming school year.
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    CooperFeb 14, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    Good job Scout

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