The actor admitted it hasn’t been easy.
“It definitely took a toll on me as a younger kid,” he shared. “My very first Comic-Con, some people wouldn’t stand in my line because I was black. Some people told me, ‘Oh, I didn’t want to be in your line because you were mean to Eleven.”
McLaughlin continued, “Even now, some people don’t follow me or don’t support me because I’m black, you know.”
The Stranger Things star implored the Brussels crowd to consider why he seems to be the least popular cast member on a mostly-white show.