Evan Rachel Wood accuses Stranger Things of glamorizing toxic relationships.

Stranger Things recently got called out for having characters smoke, but cigarette use wasn't the only thing that was unhealthy in season three of the popular show. Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter to slam the depiction of a toxic relationship between Stranger Things characters Hopper and Joyce. "You should never date a guy like the cop from #strangerthings Extreme jealousy and violent rages are not flattering or sexy like TV would have you believe. That is all," Wood wrote on Twitter.



In season three, it seems like there's sexual tension between Hopper and Joyce. But if you break down the actual actions of Hopper, at the end of the day, he's just controlling and angry. Their "will-they-won't-they" relationship is more of a "they shouldn't" kind of deal.

Some people fired back, saying that Stranger Things is a work of fiction. The Upside Down doesn't exist in our world, but toxic behavior, unfortunately, is very real. "Yes I am aware its 'just a show' and its set 'in the 80s' even though this stuff was unacceptable then too, but thats exactly my point. Its just a show and this is a gentle reminder not to fall for this crap in real life. Red flags galore," Wood wrote in a follow up Tweet.


In one scene, Joyce and Hopper are supposed to go on a date that isn't labeled as a date. Joyce stands up Hopper and his reaction is anything but healthy. "She rescheduled the date he yelled and got in her face about while policing every guy she spoke to. No thanks," Wood Tweeted.


Wood also had a problem with the fact that Joyce later rescheduled her "non-date" with Hopper. "She is allowed to stand him up without being screamed at. Especially when she is worried about her children. Priority number 1. He also insisted it wasnt a date and clearly he lied. She shouldn't have rescheduled," Wood wrote.


Wood pulled no punches and called it out for what it was. "He was being abusive," she wrote.


Portraying a toxic relationship as "flirting" isn't cute. It's problematic. The last time we checked, you can't make someone fall in love with you by just yelling at them. Stranger Things has taught us how to defeat a Mind Flayer, but it hasn't taught us how to defeat relationship red flags.

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And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

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And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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