Gaten Matarazzo BREAKS His Silence And Responds To The 'Prank Encounters' Controversy

Gaten has read the negative twitter comments and felt the public backlash. Now, he's finally speaking out and this is what he has to say...

20th June 2019 by Fonticha Tran

Gaten Matarazzo
Gaten Matarazzo at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hanger on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson

Today, Gaten Matarazzo finally responds to the public regarding his controversial new Netflix show Prank Encounters in an Instagram post.

Quick Recap: Prank Encounters is a new hidden camera prank show that focuses on two complete strangers who thinks they're starting their first day at a new part-time job. However, things quickly spiral downhill from there and the job soon turns into a full-time nightmare.

And this is where the controversy started.

The public accused the new Prank Encounters series as being unnecessarily cruel to people who were unemployed and tricking them to think they had a job when in reality, it was all just for a prank show. (Read more)

The backlash was huge and Forbes even reported that a Sign Care2 Petition had reached over 2,000 signatures in support for the cancellation of the series.

On 17th June, in response to the backlash, Netflix's spokesperson released an official statement:

"The pranks in Prank Encounters are spooky, supernatural, and over the top, and everyone had a great time. All participants came in with the expectation this was a one-day, hourly gig and everyone got paid for their time."

And today, Gaten took to Instagram to speak out about the controversy surrounding the show. In his post, he wrote:

"Thank you guys for your concern for these people. It means so much to me and the rest of the producers of the show. We hope you enjoy the show, and we are very excited to show you all what we’ve created."

Attached to this post was a video where Gaten addressed the negativity that’s been surrounding Prank Encounters:

"I just want to clear up a little bit about the confusion about the show. [...] those who participated were fully aware that it was going to be a one day gig going in."
"Nobody was promised a part time or full time job and everybody was compensated. Those who did participate had an amazing time [...] everybody enjoyed them very very much and once all was said and done, everyone was laughing and having a great time and everybody left set happy and satisfied."

Gaten ended the video by saying:

"I really really appreciate your concerns for these people and their well being and we really hope that you have as much fun watching this show as we did making it. Thank you guys so so much."

These were the fans' responses to the post:

“my timeline on twitter was a mess because of this. thank you for taking the time to clarify things. can’t wait for the show!!”
“I mean it was just the wording of the first description. The new one sounds much better. But Netflix shouldn’t have allowed you to be attacked and those who attacked you online went over the line.”
“Kiddo, the negativity surrounding the show was never addressed at you. Whoever was in charge of writing that description should clearly have done a better job writing it! Nevertheless, looking forward to watching this now! Love you!”

Even fellow Stranger Things co-stars, Finn Wolfhard and Noah Schnapp showed their support by 'liking' the Instagram post.

What do you think? And will you be watching Prank Encounters when it comes out? Or will you be sticking to Stranger Things season 3?

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Fonticha Tran is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is also responsible for researching and writing news articles. She also keeps track of the celebrities’ on our watchlist while monitoring their social media for any new updates.  

Fun fact: Besides constantly being on Twitter and reading up on her favourite celebrities' newest tweets, she's busy rewatching Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy.