Noah Schnapp's Bizarre Night on Instagram & Trolling Omegle. This Latest Video is Just One in a Number Unusual Posts on Social Media Recently.
By: Nick Runyeard - His online behaviour of late is alarming. I'll say it, because no one in Noah Schnapp's inner-circle has. Perhaps they haven't noticed it? Or maybe they have, but brush it off as "Noah being Noah." Or am I just over-thinking it?
On April 2, late into the night, this recent train wreck began. What was supposed to be a "super quick" thank-you to his fans, ended up being 45-minutes of "WTF is he on?" It was awkward, it was weird and it proved two things: 1) Noah Schnapp needs his social media accounts monitored; and 2) He needs a break from social media.
We have all the details, and the video, of his bizzare night on Instagram, trolling Omegle strangers and unsuspecting fans alike.
First, I need to qualify this.
I generally stay away from shit like this. I don't like gossip and I don't follow the tabloids.
I laugh when people call me a 'journalist', and I barely even qualify as writer. Believe it or not, I've actually been paid for doing both. Apparently that makes me a 'professional' member of the media. LOL, I know right. My reaction exactly.
I prefer doing what I do now. This website, and contributing to iMDB's vast database. Neither of which require any valuable skillset. That being said, I don't mean to impugn others' work.
About a year ago I started drafting a much larger freelance article on young actors and how they use social media. Although I'm not finished the piece, I will include some of the relevant research in this article.
Noah Schnapp attends the Stranger Things Season 3 World Premiere on June 28, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Source: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)
Noah Schnapp's Bizarre Night on Instagram; Trolling Omegle; And the Dangers of Unmonitored Social Media.
Super quick, super quick, super quick.
If you were one of the 40,000 or so people who tuned in to Noah Schnapp's Instagram Live last night (April 2), you likely witnessed one of the most bizarre, if not awkward, appearances he's made on social media (so far).
Late last night, the Stranger Things actor took to Instagram for what he said was going to be a "...super, super, super quick live...super quick live...super quick live...," (while snapping his fingers and rapping the words).
Waiting a few moments until more fans to joined his live stream, Schnapp continued, "So I can say what I gotta say. So let's go, join the live," now tapping his chest, and singing while doing it. I don't think I've ever seen a more clear display of someone needing a dose of Biphentin.
5 Million Followers is "a milestone."
Schnapp wanted to thank his fans for following him on TikTok. He had just reached 5 million followers, and began by saying, "Tik Tok has kind of become my favourite app recently...."
He then stopped, mid-sentence to fix his hair - which he did incessantly throughout the stream, along with other OCD-like behaviours.
Then, after incoherently mumbling a few words, Schnapp continued his statement briefly before again stopping. This time to sarcastically answer a random fan's comment about getting a hair cut.
...I'm on this little show called Stranger Things and I'd probably get fired.
In a 45-minute awkward, and sometimes unintelligible stream, a shirtless Schnapp talked about everything from shaving his head and going completely bald to posting an 'April Fools' joke about quitting Stranger Things. Neither of which he did, thankfully. I'm almost certain he was teasing. Right, Noah?
Are you're about to witness me shave my head right now?
At one point he started to say his password out loud, before stopping himself and telling his audience that was his password. And later, he briefly turned the camera on his iPad screen partially revealing private text messages and the associated phone numbers of those who messaged him.
Schnapp did something similar last year, briefly showing a text message between he and another cast member. The text discussed the names of possible moles on the Stranger Things 3 set. Information was getting leaked, and producers were trying to find the source.
I've seen some of Noah Schnapp's live streams before, and they are a little weird. Nonetheless, they're amusing and fun to watch if not immature. However, this time I felt genuine worry for the 15-year-old when he decided to troll strangers on Omegle.
"Not to be creepy...I'm not a pedophole, or anything."
You're pretty. Where do you live?
Yes, he said that. Even I felt embarrassed for him - and for the girl he was chatting to.
For those who don't know, Omegle is a free online webcam and chat service that allows virtually anyone to connect with random strangers. There is no registration required. The company's homepage clearly says that it is prohibited for minors below the age of 13 to use their service. However, teens are fair game provided they have permission from their parents.
Seriously? Like that's going to happen. I was a teenage boy once, and I shiver at the thought of how disturbingly different my life would be if I had access to camera and a site like Omegle. I won't go into details, but Google 'what is Omegle' and you'll see pages and pages of why children, and especially teens, should not be using this service.
I have no idea who you are, but come on in!
When I was a teenager, the worst thing a kid could do is talk to a stranger. With Omegle, teens are not only talking to strangers, but they're letting them right into their home and bedroom.
Using free software widely available on the internet, anyone can record a webcam session on Omegle. And, recorded sessions can even be played back as 'live' - tricking the other user into believing they are talking to a real person.
During Noah's April 2nd stream, Schnapp, himself, acknowledged the dangers of Omegle. "If you filter it the right way, you'll avoid all those questionable situations...if you know what I'm talking about. If you don't, maybe you're a little too young."
You look like the Stranger Things guy.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not snapping on Schnapp. I'm a huge fan of his and Stranger Things. I dedicate gigabytes of my site paying homage to the series. My Stranger Things Standom page is this site's most popular page and has been since July 4, 2019.
And, Noah's idea of surprising people on Omegle by visiting their channel unannounced is a good concept. But one that should be supervised and monitored by Schnapp's 'people' and Omegle.
It was fun seeing the (mostly teen girls') reactions when they realized Noah Schnapp was talking to them. His interactions lasted anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
Many of the strangers he trolled were shocked and thrilled to see him. Others didn't believe what they were seeing.
"You look like that guy from Stranger Things," a few girls said.
"Is this really real or a video?" one girl asked. "Tap your head like this," demanded another - trying to get Schnapp to prove he was real (he did).
"I get that all the time," Schnapp would sometimes respond, with a hint of charming shyness in his voice, before abruptly hanging up and continuing to troll.
Schnapp told one viewer, "I'm Noah Centineo." To which the teenage girl answered, "Who's that?"
Schnapp's impromptu Omegle troll was all in good fun. And for those he trolled, they'll likely be talking about it for a long time. In a good way.
There's never a publicist around when you need one.
BUT, I've said before, and I'll say it again. If anyone needs a full time publicist, it's Noah Schnapp.
This kid is famously known for accidentally giving out Stranger Things spoilers. I've met journalists who have specifically asked for an interview with Noah because there was always good chance of him blurting out a secret.
And, when Schnapp was last visiting Toronto to see a basketball game, he let it slip to a Raptor player that production on Stranger Things 4 was "about a few months" away. Video was recorded and posted online. That was at a time when fans were still guessing and speculating on a start date. And, as it turned out, it was accurate. About 6 weeks later, production began.
Famous people, especially child actors - and even more so, ridiculously famous child actors like Schnapp - need to have their social media accounts monitored. Whether it's a parent, or a publicist.
I once found myself so horrified at one posting I saw on a young actor's Instagram page, that I contacted the star's management team. The posting was innocent enough, but clearly revealed the actor's home address. The photo, which had already been up for several months, was immediately deleted after I reached out to their publicist.
In my research for an article this story is referencing, I was able to find the home address of two other well known child actors. Neither of whom had parent-monitored social media accounts. What's frightening, is that it took less than 5 minutes of looking through their postings and connecting the dots. No hacking required.
I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer (I am, after all, a nincompoop). So if I can do it, others can as well with very little effort.
You can't unring that bell.
Last month, actor Finn Wolfhard opened up about a scary encounter he had with adult fans.
In an interview with Mastermind Magazine, Finn said, "When I was 13, some adults followed me back to my condo when I was shooting 'It'."
Wolfhard goes on to say: "I was by myself. As I walked faster, they walked faster, and I was getting a bit antsy by the time I got to the door. Suddenly, they were like, 'Hey, dude, can we get a selfie?' And I was like, 'No you can’t have a selfie! How about don’t follow children?'"
Many adult actors have private social media accounts - for family and friends - and public ones for fans. Why haven't child actors adopted this?
Schnapp had a PR nightmare in January when a revealing selfie was quietly leaked on Twitter and Facebook. Clearly it was a private photo meant for a friend - someone he perhaps trusted. The digital Snapchat text across the photo warned the intended receiver, "Don't show anyone."
Twitter and Facebook (finally) deleted the postings, but not before it was seen by many - perhaps even thousands of people. In addition, he was mocked mercilessly on Twitter by those who I assume knew him personally. In a sense, Noah Schnapp is not only the victim of a crime, but also the prime suspect.
We can't unring that bell. Noah, can't unring that bell.
Noah, if you're reading this, please take a break from social media. I understand the desire to connect with your fans, but you are allowed to take a break.
Don't let your online life destroy your life. It's so not worth it.
Ed: Someone on Noah Schnapp's management team was contacted for comment on this article. But alas, I'm not a 'real' journalist. Thus, I wait.
Thanks for your support and love! ️ ~ Nick
Stranger Things (2016)
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp, and Joe Keery.
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