In the first episode of “Stranger Things” Season 3, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) make out.
Last season of Netflix’s hit ’80s nostalgia sci-fi show saw the two pre-teens get together, and it was cute. In Season 3, it’s the summer before they enter high school — which means taking their chaste romance to the next level. And it’s weird.
Now, to be clear, teenagers do this. It’s not unrealistic. But there’s a reason other shows featuring teens use actors who are clearly in their 20s. We can all agree to pretend 26-year-old Cole Sprouse is 16 on “Riverdale” because otherwise, watching a real underage kid do anything sexual is creepy. Same with 22-year-old Noah Centineo in the Netflix hit “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” or the 20-something actors in Netflix’s “Sex Education” and Freeform’s “Cloak & Dagger.”
There’s a reason the internet lost its mind over Maisie Williams having a sex scene on “Game of Thrones” Season 8 — and ironically, unlike the “Stranger Things” kids, both actress and character were not underage at the time.