Barb Actor from Stranger Things Says Hollywood Won’t Give Big Roles to ‘Fat Actors’


Actor Shannon Purser who plays Barb in Stranger Things has said she believes that Hollywood will not give big roles to ‘fat actors’.

The 24-year-old is best known from the popular sci-fi series but has also featured in Sierra Burgess is a Loser and Riverdale.

Purser tweeted:

 “They’re not hiring fat actors for iconic fat characters because they want a big name star. There are almost no fat big name stars because fat actors aren’t allowed upward mobility.

“We aren’t allowed upward mobility because the industry sees us as two-dimensional set pieces.”

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Many users of the social network agreed with her, with some saying:


“Ding ding ding ding ding.”

“It makes me sad too, because there are a lot of talented fat actors, and we are fine playing villains, because we want diverse and complex roles on par with those who fit societal standards, as long as we stop being typecasted in roles that are negative BECAUSE we are fat.”

The recent casting of Emma Thompson in Matilda as Miss Trunchbull has also been criticised as the actress wore a fat suit to play the character. Watch the trailer below:

Many believe they should have cast a plus size actor instead.

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