Evan Rachel Wood Slams Stranger Things Character's Behavior
"Unacceptable." Evan Rachel Wood is not here for Stranger Things’ character Jim Hopper’s behavior, and she wants her followers on social media to know it’s not normal.
In Season 3 of the Netflix series, Hopper, a police chief in Hawkins, Indiana played by David Harbour, pursues a romance with Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and tells Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) to stop dating his adoptive daughter, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).
The 31-year-old warned her followers on Twitter against similar behavior patterns: "You should never date a guy like the cop from #strangerthings Extreme jealousy and violent rages are not flattering or sexy like TV would have you believe. That is all."
She later added, "Yes I am aware it’s ‘just a show’ and it’s set ‘in the 80s’ even though this stuff was unacceptable then too, but that’s exactly my point. It’s just a show and this is a gentle reminder not to fall for this crap in real life. Red flags galore."
After a fan expressed delight that Joyce and Hopper didn’t get together in the end, she says she was horrified that Joyce considered going out with him again.
"She rescheduled the date he yelled and got in her face about while policing every guy she spoke to. No thanks," Wood wrote, adding, "She is allowed to stand him up without being screamed at. Especially when she is worried about her children. Priority number 1. He also insisted it wasn’t a date and clearly he lied. She shouldn’t have rescheduled. He should have gone to therapy."
She later clarified, "She rescheduled the date. That’s where the message was lost and they made the behavior acceptable. That’s my complaint."
Another fan who defended Hopper, who had to endure the death of his daughter, a divorce and addictions.
"Exactly. If this were real life I would suggest he go to therapy and not project his pain on other people in the form of abuse. That’s how the cycle starts," Wood wrote.
Wood clarified that she spoke out because she was once in a relationship where she was "severely abused" and wanted to share warning signs that might not be obvious to others.