Elsie Fisher, 15, mesmerized audiences in her debut role as middle schooler Kayla in the 2018 indie hit Eighth Grade. And now, the young actress is experiencing her first official “awards season”—which has already come with a slight hiccup. After the 2019 Golden Globes, Fisher tweeted her congratulations to the movie Bohemian Rhapsody for its Best Picture — Drama win.
But the teen quickly faced backlash from fans who take issue with the winning film arguably straight-washing Freddie Mercury’s life, as well as the fact that it was directed in part by Bryan Singer, who has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct numerous times throughout his career. “Elsie, we adore you, but please educate yourself (Rami is lovely though),” one user wrote. Another chimed in with a simple, “No,” and another wrote, “This is why Eight Grade lost” (fyi, Eighth Grade was not nominated for Best Picture in the first place).
At first, the actress was confused.
About half an hour later, Fisher posted again—with the most mature and graceful message.
She further addressed the incident the following day on January 7th at the New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner, telling USA Today, “If I make mistakes, I want to give an example for how people should react to (critics) on social media. I feel like if I were to stop, that would be me giving in. People should just be more civil.”
There’s a lot of reasons why Fisher shouldn’t have been put in this position in the first place (one being that Bryan Singer was fired from the film, and it was completed by an entirely different director; another is that there’s no excuse for trolling anyone online ever, let alone a 15-year-old). At the end of the day, we’re impressed with how Fisher handled herself on this one. We think a lot of older celebs (and politicians) could take note.