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Like many, "Stranger Things" is one of my favorite shows. But after extensive research, I feel like it's my moral responsibility to refrain from watching the upcoming third season of a show that encourages fans to starve themselves.
This article uses potentially triggering language related to eating disorders.
Natalia Dyer is an actress best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in Netflix's original show, "Stranger Things." Despite its enthralling plot, the first time I watched it, I found myself distracted by her unusually thin frame. While I know many naturally skinny women and actresses, I've never seen someone whose skeleton was so prominent.
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two serious eating and emotional disorders characterized by loss of appetite, refusal to eat, excessive exercise, body dysmorphia, and (specific to bulimia) compulsive binge eating followed by purging.
While I didn't find any direct quotes from Natalia about suffering from an eating disorder, I did stumble upon pictures of her from the 2009 premiere of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and was shocked at how drastically different she looks today.
In 2014, Natalia starred in "I believe in Unicorns," where promotional pictures also illustrate how much she's changed. For those who believe she's "naturally thin," these past films, as well as pictures from her childhood prove that she wasn't always this skinny.
When I first researched Natalia, I found forums in which people who have battled with eating disorders discuss the physical signs of anorexia and bulimia that Natalia exhibits. The most obvious being her frame, visible bones underneath thin skin, sunken-in eyes, "hollow" face, as well as more subtle signs, like scabs on her knuckles (called Russell's sign), white or blue fingernails, and lines around the mouth that seem to age her face.
I am fortunate enough to have never suffered from an eating disorder, so I did a lot of research to keep from jumping to conclusions about Natalia's health. What I've found is that symptoms of eating disorders closely mimic those of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Celiac and Crohn's disease. In this sense, it's possible that those who criticize her for disordered eating are evaluating the body of someone with a dysfunctional digestive system (though the aforementioned physical signs pointed out by people who have had anorexia convince me that this likely isn't the case).
While there's little factual information about if Natalia has an eating disorder, there is much speculation that she does, both from those who have overcome such disorders, and those still struggling.
During my search for information, I found several "pro-ana" websites—a contraction of "pro-anorexia," used to admire eating disorders in a positive light—idolizing Natalia's weight loss and expressing jealousy of her outrageously thin frame. In one particular forum, people describe her in "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as "on her way to chunky town," and "mad chunky" in "I Believe in Unicorns." Even going a step further by stating that Natalia's "Stranger Things" co-star Shannon Purser "needs to take pointers from [Natalia]."
Finding this forum made my blood boil. Not because of the responsibilities of its participants (that's an article for another day), but because of the irresponsibility the casting director—Carmen Cuba—and creators of "Stranger Things" have exhibited in casting a potentially anorexic actress, and Netflix's lack of opposition to this choice.
As a rule of corporate management, businesses have what's called "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) which is defined as "the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society. It involves developing businesses with a positive relationship to the society in which they operate."
From my point of view, Cuba's casting choice for the character Nancy violated the sense of CSR that such a popular show should have, given that she's provided fans who struggle with body dysmorphia a potentially dangerous source of "thinspiration."
There are many different solutions to this problem, but without knowing Natalia's exact situation, it could be thoughtless and damaging to bombard her with messages about gaining weight, meaning the issue of casting an actress who inadvertently (I cannot stress the word "inadvertently" enough) inspires young fans to starve themselves lies solely in the hands of the show's creators.
There are still many facets of this issue I have yet to discuss, but until then, if you believe that you, a friend, or a relative have an eating disorder, contact an eating disorder hotline now.
Season three of "Riverdale" just ended and honestly I do not get how this show veered away from season one. Yes, season one had Jughead and Betty investigate the death of Jason Blossom, but the issues the main characters faced were typical issues teenagers faced.
BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS ARE TEENS IN HIGHSCHOOL.
Now, we have Betty trying to save her mom from a cult called The Farm, Archie becomes an amateur boxer and is also being hunted by people playing Griffins and Gargoyles. Veronica owns a speakeasy and Pop's chocolate shop at the age of sixteen. Near the end of season three, "Riverdale" becomes consumed by the game Griffins and Gargoyles with teens killing themselves to ascend to the next level. Veronica's dad was once considered the gargoyle king, but he was just dealing fizzle rocks to the Sisters of Quiet Mercy using the patients as guinea pigs.
Those are the main points where I became lost.
Polly and Alice have really lost their marbles this season. Joining a cult called The Farm where you get initiated by almost dying from drowning. Polly really tried it this season when she tricked Betty thinking she was going crazy and her dark side was taking control of her body. Really it was just Edgar Evernever hypnotizing her and then Polly dressed up as Betty to trick Betty's mind.
THE FARM WAS HARVESTING ORGANS! Honestly, "Riverdale" is becoming a Wattpad story I would read in high school. Basically, the farm is just recruiting members to take their organs. Edgar would hypnotize his patients and make them relive their traumas, while they were hypnotized Edgar or one of his minions would inflict physical pain on their bodies and depending on where the pain is that organ where the pain is taken out. Betty finds their storage unit and convinces Cheryl to escape with her.
Then we find out that Chic is back and he is the true gargoyle king. Betty's dad never killed him. Penelope rescued Chic and turned him into Jason. She then buys Betty from The Farm. She holds a dinner where she invites Veronica, Archie, and Jughead. The reason for this dinner? Well, Penelope invited the children from the Midnight Club to go through some obstacles. Penelope is missing a bunch of other kids like Josie, Reggie, and Kevin since their parent's also played Griffins and Gargoyles back in the day. The four almost die but are saved by Cheryl, Toni, The Serpents, and The Pretty Poisons who also go into a fight with Penelope's minions.
The last episode ended with Charles, Jughead and Betty's brother, arriving in "Riverdale." He is an FBI agent and instructed Alice to join The Farm as an undercover farmie. This show keeps getting ridiculous