“Stranger Things” Season 3 Release Is Prompting Criticism

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Season three of Stranger Things was just released by Netflix on July 4 and it didn’t take long for the naysayers to speak out about some disconcerting behaviors of one of the show’s main characters—Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, Hawkins, Indiana’s chief of police. Hopper is being criticized for his toxic behavior by actress Evan Rachel Wood.

Wood took to Twitter this weekend to say, “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.”

Fans called out Wood, citing that ‘it’s just a show,’ but she clapped back with, “Yes I am aware it’s ‘just a show’ and its set ‘in the 80s,’ even though this stuff was unacceptable then too, but thats 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.”

Wood was previously involved in an abusive relationship, having detailed her personal experience of being raped, tortured and mentally abused in a testimony before congress in early 2018.

That isn’t all for the highly-regarded series, The Truth Initiative, an anti-tobacco organization, released a report stating Netflix’s depictions of smoking has tripled in the last year. One of the biggest culprits? You guessed it. Stranger Things. The organization claims “tobacco imagery” might inspire imitations. Also in the report: “The U.S. surgeon general found that those with higher levels of exposure to tobacco use in movies are twice as likely to smoke compared with those with less exposure.”

Hopper is a beloved character in spite of his misgivings, All hail the chief.