Noah Schnapp, best known for his role as Will Byers in the hit series “Stranger Things,” found himself in the midst of a social media storm due to a video he posted expressing support for Israel during the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Born in America to a father of Russian Jewish heritage and a mother of Moroccan Jewish descent, Schnapp has a background linked to Judaism. Although his current religious practice isn’t widely known, he held his Bar Mitzvah ceremony in Israel, indicating a connection to his Jewish roots.
Amid escalating tensions in the region, Schnapp shared a lengthy Instagram post condemning the violence and criticizing activists for what he perceived as a lack of vocal condemnation. However, his recent appearance among a group of Israel supporters distributing stickers with the phrase “Zionism is sexy” sparked controversy and backlash on social media platforms.
His support for Zionism, which champions Israel’s legitimacy as a state, particularly under the Netanyahu government’s actions in Gaza, led to swift criticism and attempts to “cancel” Schnapp online. Some social media users expressed strong disapproval, with some going as far as petitioning Netflix to recast Schnapp’s character in “Stranger Things.”
It’s important to note that opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict vary significantly within the Jewish community and beyond. Schnapp’s stance, while receiving backlash, highlights the diversity of views within these communities. However, the controversy surrounding his statements has generated polarizing reactions, showcasing the inherent volatility of social media discourse.