Because of his success on ‘Stranger Things,’ Caleb McLaughlin has experienced the “toll” of bigotry.

The 20-year-old actor, who has played Lucas Sinclair on the program from its 2016 Netflix premiere and has starred in all four seasons to date, has spoken out about the bullying he has endured.

He made an appearance at the ‘Heroes Comic Con in Brussels, Belgium over the weekend, where he revealed, “It definitely took a toll on me as a younger boy. Some folks at my first Comic-Con refused to stand in line with me because of my race.

“Some people told me ‘Oh, I didn’t want to be in your line because you were cruel to Eleven [who is played by Millie Bobby Brown].’ “

However, Caleb also observed a disparity in social media support between himself and his co-stars.

Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin has faced racism since first appearing on the show

As an afterthought, he questioned, “Why am I the least favorite?” Why [do I have] the least quantity of followers? I’m on the precise same show as the original cast.

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Caleb’s 15.4 million Instagram followers are impressive, but they pale in comparison to Millie’s 58.5 million. Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, and Gaten Matarazzo, three other stalwarts, have 27.6 million, 26.3 million, and 18.7 million followers, respectively.

The actor’s parents are very supportive, and they warned him early on that he would have to deal with racism in his career.

Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin has faced racism since first appearing on the show

He said: “My parents had to be like, ‘It’s a terrible truth, but it’s because you’re the Black child on the show’. And I thought, “That’s insane. Because I was born with this wonderful chocolate skin, I’m not loved?

However, “I do not give hate back to people who give it to me,” thus “through my platform I want to share happiness and love.”

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