For a kid actor, getting to star in a huge movie franchise must be one of the most exhilarating and special experiences. However, because people feel the need to be terrible, it can also incredibly stressful. Pint-sized Avengers: Endgame star Lexi Rabe (aka Tony Stark‘s daughter Morgan) is pleading with fans who’ve been incessantly bullying her. Yes, people are angry at a 7-year-old.
The actress, who uttered the instantly iconic line “love you 3000” to her movie dad, is being criticised for not taking the time to speak with fans at a Los Angeles mall. Fans were quick to attack Rabe for being unprofessional (again, she’s 7), specifically her mother Jessica for the way she handled the situation. In a Instagram post from Rabe’s parent-run account, the family explains that, hello, they’re human beings and sometimes not able to stop and chat with fans.
“She’s a normal human being and she’s a child,” the caption reads. “Sometimes we’re rushing from place to place stressed like everyone else to get to set on time or work or whatever and we seem a little grumpy. I’m sorry if you see us this way but that’s life!…We are not perfect!”
In the video, Rabe explains that sometimes she acts “silly” or “messes up” because, you know…she’s 7. She then pleads with fans, saying, “Please don’t bully my family. Or me.”
It’s one thing for fans to think actors owe them their time, it’s another to be this critical of a child who, let’s be reminded, is still learning how to function in the world. Sadly, this isn’t the first time child actors have been attacked in this way. In a 2012, actor Jake Lloyd (aka young Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode 1) said that incessant bullying at school forced him into early retirement.
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I hate that we even have to post this. But yet again Lexi’s getting bullied. And this kind of thing makes it celebrities never want to leave the house never want to meet people. Please keep your opinions to yourself so Lexi can grow up in the free world. She’s a normal human being and she’s a child. We give her a talking and we give her timeouts but we don’t do that in public. Sometimes were rushing from place to place stressed like everyone else to get to set on time or work or whatever and we seem a little grumpy. I’m sorry if you see us this way but that’s life! If you ask us for an autograph we always almost say yes. If we happen to be having a bad day that might put us right on the right! We are not perfect! These perfect children are not being given the freedoms and the rights that they should. If your child is so scared to be themselves in public and mess up a little then you’re over parenting. We give our children plenty of rules and boundaries But then give them the freedoms to mess up and learn from their own mistakes. They would not be on set an on movies if they weren’t well behaved. Trust me they have no desire to hire kids like that! And there were plenty of children that productions can work with. So if you see us in public and think you have the right to judge. Wait. Number one until you have children of your own, and Number two realize that we’re not perfect and we’re not claiming to be! But just try to realize the different strokes for different folks what you do with your kids may work for you and what I do with my kids works well for me. My children love me and respect me even if they act out sometimes. Thank you! Jessica!