Ross Duffer says kiss between Max and Lucas wasn't written in script, but he made her do it because actress Sadie Sink was "so freaked out."
"Stranger Things" creators Matt and Ross Duffer are being called out by fans for having two teenage characters kiss in the Season 2 finale.
Those who watched the episode will remember new kid on the block Max (Sadie Sink) pecking love interest Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) on the lips at the Snow Ball dance. Sink talked about the moment with the Duffer brothers and her co-stars on "Beyond Stranger Things" -- Netflix's talk show on which the stars and creators discussed the new season -- and apparently wasn't all that excited to have her first kiss be in front of "200 extras and their parents and the crew and my mom."
Sink said, "I get there, the first day of Snow Ball, me and Noah are walking in seeing the decorations and stuff. One of you, I think it was you Ross, you say, 'Oh Said, you ready for the kiss?' I'm like, 'What! No! That's not in the script. That's not happening.' So the whole day I was like stressed out."
"You reacted so strongly to this," Ross said. "I was just joking and you were so freaked out that I was like, 'Well, I gotta make her do it now.'"
And that's what ticked off some viewers, who interpreted it as a grown man forcing a young teenager girl to kiss a teenage boy on camera.
"Beyond disgusted that Duffer Brothers made Sadie Sink do a kiss scene when she didn't want to and not in script. She's 15!" one outraged viewer tweeted.
The Mary Sue writer Marykate Jasper called the anecdote "creepy."
"This whole story is just…Ugh," she wrote. "This is exactly the sort of experience which tells girls that their comfort, and their bodily autonomy, are not important. Their discomfort and stress are something to be laughed off, or even actively mined for jokes. It is not funny to add a scene specifically to make an actress uncomfortable at any age, and it’s definitely not funny to add one for a fifteen-year-old. This is not how grown-ass men should treat an actress who’s a minor.
However, both Sink and Ross Duffer discussed the kiss scene with smiles their faces, and laughed several times throughout the conversation.
"Anyways, it's great. I can't imagine it without it," Ross told Sink. "Thank you."
"Yeah, you're welcome," Sink responded.
See what else fans of the Netflix show had to say about the situation:
Watching Beyond Stranger Things and I get such a weird vibe from the creators especially about the Snow Ball comments about Sadie Sink 😐— Char (@Charlotte_P_95) November 6, 2017
Sadie Sink was embarrassed to have to do her 1st onscreen kiss. They liked the jr. high awkwardness & had her do it. Chill. #StrangerThings— Julia ⭐️ (@TheLadyGeiger) November 6, 2017
... but it certainly felt that way when @SadieSink responded defensively on Beyond Stranger Things. Consent is crucial - even when acting.— Joshua Smith (@JoshSmithDotCom) November 6, 2017
@SadieSink Sorry to bother you, the net is freaking out over the Duff bros making you kiss Caleb. Did you feel abused? just curious- a fan— 3165 cliff jackson (@TheBarksdales) November 6, 2017
@Stranger_Things Beyond disgusted that Duffer Brothers made Sadie Sink do a kiss scene when she didn't want to and not in script. She's 15!— Raven (@reyesravena) November 6, 2017
ever since gilda told me about the sadie sink forced kiss thing in stranger things i just feel gross lmao....why the fuck would they do that— tiny vest, big dream (@heymacquet) November 6, 2017
showrunners owe sadie sink an apology. what they did is gross and inappropriate.— mutanimal (@Orcteeth) November 6, 2017
With all the sex crap in Hollywood now— FrankieJ (@FrankieJRMD) October 29, 2017
Beyond Stranger Things
Kids talking about the kiss scenes
Saying it was they’re own idea...
That pissed me the fuck offfffff.— B B Wolfe, falcosnek (@BBWolfeVox) October 31, 2017