Barb from 'Stranger Things' received the perfect message from a secret admirer on her Starbucks cup
It's safe to say that since Stranger Things first appeared on our screens in 2016, the cast has gone on to become world-renowned stars. Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Noah Schnapp have gone from unknown child actors to some of the biggest and most promising film stars on the planet.
However, while all of the above have carved their teeth in both season 1 and 2 of the series, there was one character who didn't get this far, but still ended up with a bizarre cult-like following on social media.
Barbara Holland, more commonly referred to as Barb, was a recurring character in season 1 of Stranger Things until she was killed in the upside down by the Demogorgon. But, despite the fact that Barb had little airtime in the series, she came to be one of the most loved and heralded characters. Talking about the impact that Barb had on the fans, actress Shannon Purser said:
It’s so strange. I had the most amazing time on set and was so thankful to even have the opportunity to be on the show, but I definitely never anticipated that people would really care about Barb, much less make her this phenomenon that she’s kind of become. It’s definitely all very surreal, but I’m so thankful for it.
Speaking about what it is about Barb that people love, Purser believes it was her relatable nature:
"There’s definitely this relatability about Barb. She’s kind of awkward and misunderstood and lonely in high school, and I think we’ve all had that moment where we’re stuck at a party that we really didn’t want to be at, and then your friend leaves and you’re just by yourself and it’s a terrible situation that you don’t like. I think she just resonated with a lot of people and she reminded them of their high school experience. All of us weren’t the popular kids—some of us were just different or the third wheel."
Even though Barb left Stranger Things early, it seems that some fans still can't let go of her dramatic and untimely death, particularly the staff of Starbucks. It's a well-known fact of life that, no matter how basic your name may be, Starbucks baristas can never get it right. See below for evidence.
But, when Purser recently went to the coffee store to get her caffeine fix, staff used her cup for a political message that we can all get behind.
Barb did deserve better!
Sadly, despite the love for Barb, when asked if there is any chance that she may make a comeback to the show, Purser squished the rumours: "No, in terms of season 2, I was not a part of filming so I think she might really, really be dead which is sad. Rest in peace."
Justice for Barb!