Stranger Things is probably going to be everywhere during the Emmys next year. But this year, due to release date eligibility, Netflix’s supernatural super-hit was relegated to the pre-ceremony and a mid-show stunt. While us schlubs at home were watching E!’s red carpet coverage, the famous folks inside the Microsoft Theater were treated to a cover of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” from Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin, better known as Eleven, Dustin, and Lucas from Stranger Things. (Netflix just released the official performance, so you don’t have to watch cell phone footage.) It’s like the world’s best talent show — partially because the kids are actually talented, but also because they’re, as the saying goes, dancing like no one’s watching. We should all be as fun-loving as my man Dustin.
Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way.
One of the bits during the Emmys involved Jimmy Kimmel’s mom making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for everyone in attendance, and the Stranger Things stars passing them out. It was a cute idea, but some, like Emily Ratajkowski, grumbled that the sandwiches “weren’t that good” (probably too much jelly making the bread moist), while others balked at being around food with peanuts. (An LA Times reporter overheard a guest complain, “You never just hand out peanut butter. That’s such a liability.”)
Munchies reached out to Adam Bailine, the VP of Marketing and Communications at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, who said, “We received complaints and concerns regarding the broadcast… It is extremely risky to pull a stunt like this without considering the danger.” The foundation also released a statement that read, “While we understand the joke presented by Jimmy Kimmel was aimed at the recent pricing events of epinephrine auto-injectors that has been broadcast in the media over the last several weeks, it wasn’t well-received by the larger food allergy community.”
Okay, sure, but don’t anyone think about blaming the Stranger Things kids. They’re too pure. Just watch the “Uptown Funk” video again.