It's a rallying cry Stranger Things fans know well: justice for Barb! The ruffled-shirt-owning, Sally Jessy Raphael-glasses-wearing, socially awkward and freckled star of season one (OK, OK, "star" might be a strong word) is unceremoniously dragged into the Upside Down and killed by the Demogorgon after only being on the show for approximately five minutes (and later has her rotting corpse impregnated, because nothing good can ever happen in Hawkins, IN). To add insult to really freakin' terrible injury is the fact that despite her disappearance, her "friends" barely even notice she's gone.
Naturally the internet fell in love with Barb, played by the delightful Shannon Purser, and started the #JusticeForBarb campaign on Twitter in her honor, which gained so much traction that one half of The Duffer Brothers (aka the creators of Stranger Things) addressed it. "Barb will not be forgotten," Matt Duffer assured fans. "We'll make sure there's some justice for Barb. People get very frustrated, understandably, that the town doesn't seem to be really dealing with Barb. That stuff is all happening. We're just not spending any screen time on it."
Since Stranger Things won't give Barb her comeuppance until season two premieres in October, the Television Academy decided to get sh*t done themselves and nominate Purser for a best supporting actress Emmy. While some were baffled as to how such a small role nabbed the coveted spot over performances from Winona Ryder (in Stranger Things) and Mandy Moore (in This Is Us), others were ecstatic that their mom-jeans-loving hero was finally given the recognition she so deserves.
They really gave Barb an Emmy nom for sitting by a pool pic.twitter.com/WzEnpasxYd
— Ira Madison III (@ira) July 13, 2017
you are telling me barb is nominated for an emmy when she literally has two lines but winona legend ryder didn't get a nomination pic.twitter.com/5bD3DktpEC
— lu (@pcrtmans) July 13, 2017
Justice for Barb!!! Emmy nominee Shannon Purser pic.twitter.com/t8yOvUr5WS
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 13, 2017
I'm pulling a Rev. Matt and handing out flyers about how there's no way Barb deserved that Emmy nomination over Gillian Anderson
— Kelly Connolly (@_kellyQ) July 13, 2017
BARB GOT AN EMMY NOMINATION, Y'ALL!!!! pic.twitter.com/2ndbsc1j3k
— Timmy Metzner (@timmymetzner) July 13, 2017
I honestly can't believe barb from stranger things got an emmy nom it honestly makes me laugh each time I think about it
— mikayla✨ (@Iesbianjedi) July 14, 2017
OMG, guys! BARB got an Emmy nomination! pic.twitter.com/byJugi8Vlc
— Robyn Harney (@IAmRobynNicole) July 13, 2017
Is the Emmy nom for Stranger Things' Shannon Purser AKA Barb the first time the Internet has willed an Emmy nomination into existence?
— Devin Fuller (@DevFull) July 13, 2017
— DontCallMeShirley👻 (@Sp0oky_S0cks) July 14, 2017
— Narc Ruffalo (@BillyManton) July 13, 2017
the chick who played barb for 0.02 seconds gets nominated for an emmy but winona doesn't?? pic.twitter.com/zHQHvg1Pl9
— rami malek (@alisonbaedrix) July 13, 2017
Barb really out here getting nominated for emmys pic.twitter.com/mlfVSV0fYa
— Amber (@AmberMTweedy) July 13, 2017