“Hey @BCLegislature why haven’t you responded? Is it because I can’t vote?” Finn calls out the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and loyal fans are rushing to his aid.
25 June 2019 by Fonticha Tran
Everyone knows Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, but do they also know that he's calling for a change in the age restriction regarding minors when attending live music shows?
First of all, check out how he directly calls out BC Legislature in his twitter rant:
“Hey @BCLegislature why haven’t you responded? Is it because I can’t vote? Is it more important to sell liquor than giving kids opportunities to express themselves in a safe community? Why is it okay for me to go and watch a hockey game where adults drink and lose control (1/2)”
“How come I can go to the opera where adults can drink, but I can’t go to see my favourite band in a club? You’re alienating youth. Period. You’re not giving us an opportunity to establish community and bond over music unless it’s symphonic or operatic - and expensive (2/2).”
What exactly caused Finn to go on this twitter rant? Well, it looks like a few months ago, Finn made a video on this very issue. And what did he get in response?
So Finn had to publicly call out BC Legislature on Twitter.
For those of you who don't understand Finn's tweet, here's the gist: Finn is referring to the fact that a lot of venues who book live shows rarely, if ever, allow under 18s into their venues.
Those rare venues that do let under 18s in require them be accompanied by their legal guardian which, as everyone knows, isn't easy at all, since most parents are often busy at work or have other things scheduled for that specific day.
The main reason that venues have this age restriction is the fact that there is alcohol present. And this is exactly why Finn brings up hockey games as a comparison as he explains how the adults there often drink during the matches.
Finn is directly impacted by this restriction as his band, Calpurnia, often performs in venues and it seems his fans aren’t often able to get into these shows due to the age restrictions.
So fans were overwhelmingly supportive of Finn's tweet.
Check out what they had to say on Twitter:
“all teens want to do is listen to their favorite music live and you make it difficult to do so and were asking.. Why”
“@BCLegislature u have many angry teens on ur hands, all we want is to just listen to live music”
“it’s sad how literally teenagers can’t see their favorite band/singer live unless a adult is with them or can’t even get in at all kids should have the opportunity to have a night of fun and watch their idols thank you for speaking up and using your platform for this”
teens just want to experience musicians and songs that bring them happiness live, but these restrictions hold them back. adults are always so quick to judge our emotions and our habits but won’t let us experience what we love
In response to Finn's tweet and the public attention, BC Legislature quickly tweeted out on the same day:
"Hi Finn. Thanks so much for your ideas & passion. As there is no current bill before the Legislature to address your concerns, you could contact your local MLA or the Ministry of Attorney General @Dave_Eby who is responsible for licensing small venues. We applaud your advocacy!"
Of course, this response didn’t say much. All it really did was transfer Finn's complaint elsewhere. Oof.
Not to anyone's surprise though, fans weren’t happy with this response either.
This fan puts everything we're thinking off into this one brilliant tweet:
“i don’t think finn just wants an applaud for speaking out, he wants change.”
Overall, we don't have the down-low of whether Finn had actually gone ahead with contacting his local MP, but we still think it's awesome that he's using his social media platform for a good cause.
...Anyhow, do you reckon a fan might've contact the local MP on Finn's behalf?
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.