Fans have more access to stars than ever before thanks to social media. While it's often amazing to be able to watch your favorite celebrity when they post live videos or ask them questions on their social accounts and hope they see it and answer, some people take it too far and leave mean and nasty comments. While most people admit that adult celebrities can hold their own when it comes to online trolls, everyone can agree that children should always be off limits when it comes to commenting on social media.
Lexi Rabe is the young actress who played Tony Stark's daughter in this year's mega smash hit movie Avengers: Endgame. Sadly for Rabe, it seems that people have forgotten that she's only 7-years-old and have decided it's ok to bully her online. After a fan called out the young actress for not speaking to her while out at a Los Angeles mall, Rabe took to her Instagram account to plead to people to stop the bullying.
"Hi, I'm Lexi Rabe and I'm only 7 years old and I mess up sometimes," Rabe says at the beginning of the video. Her Instagram account is run by her mother, Jessica, who captioned the post with "I hate that we even have to post this. But yet again Lexi’s getting bullied."
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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!
Rabe reminds people in her post that she is just 7 years old and sometimes she acts like a child when out in public, but her parents are always there to discipline her when needed. "If I go anywhere and I'm acting a little silly or I messed up or anything like that, I'm just 7 years old," she says, adding, "Please don't bully my family or me." She ends the video reciting her Endgame character's now infamous line, telling fans, "I love you 3,000."
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HAPPY 80K DAY with THOR! Had a great time on set with him and everyone. Got to play with his daughter India too! We have fun new cast photos dropping when I hit 90K and 100K so keep FOLLOWING!! @lexi_rabe @chrishemsworth @marvelstudios @avengers . . . . . #actor #actress #chrishemsworth #thor #abelitaburnspr #avengers #endgame #iloveyou3000 #iloveyou3k❤️
Jessica explained to GMA about the incident that caused the bullying. "Online we got a message that she was acting out in public," her mother said. "Meanwhile we were trying to get stuff ready for a premiere we were going to, and we were tired and we were sick ... I guess this woman was upset that she didn't get to come up to us and talk to us, because we were tired and we weren't in a great mood. If she would have come up to us, we would have said, 'Hello.' But she didn't." She then added, "I don't know why you need to get mad at us because we're not available. You know we're normal people, we have busy lives like everybody else."
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100K DAY!!!!! Wanted to share this amazing FAMILY PHOTO! Thank you to my Dad, my Screen Dad @robertdowneyjr , and my Mom @jessicasrabe for all the SUPPORT! I have the BEST fans in the UNIVERSE!!!!!! I ❤️ YOU 3000!!!!!! . . . . #actor #actress #100K #lexirabe #abelitaburnspr #avengers #endgame #iloveyou3000 #iloveyou3k❤️ #marvel
Jessica Rabe told GMA that this isn't the first time her daughter has encountered bullying. "She got bullied in school too, kids picked on her, kids called her names," she said, before noting that people have even sworn on her daughter's Instagram page.
"We're trying to stop it," Lexi said about the bullying, adding that "it really hurts your heart."
In a separate post featuring the character of Tony Stark with the words 'Say No To Bullying!' Jessica asks people to help advocate not only for her daughter but for anyone who is experiencing bullying. "THANKS for ALL your SUPPORT! If you see someone saying unkind things....PLEASE report their account to @instagram . It takes a village!"