Shannon Purser, the actress who played Barb in "Stranger Things" Season 1, scored her first Emmy nod on Thursday, but not everyone was happy for her.
After the nominations were announced, Emmy-related tweets quickly began piling up, including many questioning Purser's nod. Some people were flat-out confused. The idea of her scoring a nomination with relatively limited screen time was evidently shocking; different Twitter users estimated that she appeared for "20 seconds" and "like 90 seconds."
The most popular complaint, however, was the fact that she was nominated over other actors. People tweeted the names of numerous actors and actresses they considered more deserving, including Purser's "Stranger Things" co-star Winona Ryder, Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot"), and Gillian Anderson ("American Gods"), among others -- never mind that they wouldn't all have even qualified for the outstanding guest actress in a drama series category.
WHY IS THE ACTRESS WHO PLAYED BARB ON STRANGER THINGS BEING NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY?! SHE WAS ON SCREEN FOR LIKE 90 SECONDS http://pic.twitter.com/cfYJ1RHLuI— grimes meme (@RichonnesSon) July 13, 2017
Barb had 3 scenes in Stranger Things & got an Emmy nom. Rami Malek didn't eat fake adderall out of fake vomit for this kind of disrespect http://pic.twitter.com/6XjOBk7HLl— taylor the trashcan (@quinzeldiamonds) July 13, 2017
barb from stranger things getting nominated for guest actress instead of gillian anderson for american gods http://pic.twitter.com/LDC5IckrPK— dilara (@marioncotilards) July 13, 2017
they nominated barb from stranger things but not vera farmiga or freddie highmore http://pic.twitter.com/IO2VyQzxx7— lyanna (@swifleck) July 13, 2017
The cast from It's Always Sunny has never been invited to the Emmys but fuck it throw a nomination to Barb from Stranger Things way— Dan Regester (@Dan_Regester) July 13, 2017
barb from stranger things really got an emmy nomination but winona ryder didn't http://pic.twitter.com/riWXu1u2m9— j (@gIumkid) July 13, 2017
OK, Barb from Stranger Things got nominated for an Emmy. That's ridiculous.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 13, 2017
barb from stranger things has a emmy nomination but rami malek got nothing http://pic.twitter.com/II9wBun0wn— nestor 🕷 (@xvfiles) July 13, 2017
so barb from stranger things has an Emmy nomination but not Michael McKean for better call saul. that's a...that's a bad take, folks.— caleigh. (@sistermercury) July 13, 2017
Barb only had like 20 seconds of screen time on Stranger things... Barb gets a nomination— Cecee ✨ (@LanaFoxxTattler) July 13, 2017
For her part, Purser was thrilled, as she should be. She tweeted that she was "so incredibly honored" and congratulated the others up for 2017 Emmy Awards.
Wow. I am so incredibly honored. Thank you so much. Congratulations to all the other incredible nominees. @TheEmmys— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) July 13, 2017
We'll see if Purser takes home an award when the show airs on Sept. 17.
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