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On November 6, 1983, Will Byers disappeared. Facebook/Stranger Things

Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers in the hit 90s-themed horror/sci-fi TV series “Stranger Things,” recently gave the most-fitting reply to those who have questioned his character Will’s sexual orientation.

A lot of talks have been making the rounds for quite some time especially after the homophobic slurs the bullies in the show showered on Will. It even seemed a bit awkward because of the weird way of coding a character.

Will’s sexual identity has not been explored in the series yet and Schnapp wants to keep it that way. He even thanked Duffer Brothers for keeping the audience thinking and not giving answers directly.

“Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I'm only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that's why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out!” Schnapp wrote on Instagram.

Schnapp's answer is both pragmatic and thoughtful that clearly indicated his character should not be stereotyped in any manner into a sexual orientation. He urged his fans, critics and members of the LGBT community to interpret the situation themselves, reports Gizmodo.

Will in the show is still a child and it is obnoxious to confine the character into any sexual stereotype whatsoever. Will is sensitive and he is subject to homophobic slurs from bullies. But bullies call a lot of things and that should not be taken as any indication of the receiver’s sexuality.

As per Entertainment Weekly, in July, Daniel Reynolds, who writes for The Advocate, published a long essay that discussed how people like Will and Barb are treated as queer characters in American culture and how they are looked at as outsiders, dragged into the Upside Down (metaphor for closet) and left to die.