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Barb from 'Stranger Things' came out as bisexual

"I don't normally do this, but I figure now is a good time as any to get personal," she said

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 20 Apr 2017

Shannon is bisexual
Photo: shannonpurser/Instagram

When CW's Riverdale had its characters Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) make out in the first episode, many fans started 'shipping' #Beronica, hoping that the plot will follow up on a real relationship. They were disappointed when it didn't and so, many accused CW of "queerbaiting", which is the use of homosexuality in the media to appeal to the LGBT audience.

Shannon Purser who plays Ethel Muggs in Riverdale (but you may also know her as Barb from Stranger Things) decided to speak up against hateful comments, and in the process, she also come out as bisexual.

The actress first tweeted: "Ships are great, being horrible to people who don't ship your ship is not."

A fan tweeted back: "Beronica fans are frustrated because they were undeniably queerbaited into watching the show. Is it cool to be an asshole about it? No. But is our frustration justified? Absolutely. Riverdale had the chance to open doors and do something groundbreaking, something that would mean so much to so many young girls."

Then Shannon responded in a now-deleted tweet: "And I get that, representation is so powerful and important. But we didn't write the show? We have literally no say in what happens."

As the back-and-forth in the Riverdale fandom continued, Shannon shared a long note about her own sexuality, making it the best mic drop of all time.

"I've only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends. It's something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don't like talking about it too much," she wrote in the note.

Now, can everyone stop fighting, please.

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