What is a “barb” on TikTok?

TikTok Barb

The leading short video-sharing social networking platform, TikTok, is widely known for its ingenious hashtags and quirky trends. A new challenge or trend pops up every other day, leading to millions of new videos and funny renditions.

With so many new trends emerging every day, it’s kind of difficult to keep track of all of them, even for avid TikTok users. Hence, in an attempt to lend a helping hand, we are explaining one of the soaring trends, today.

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What/who is a “barb”?

The word “barb,” we believe, has been derived from “Barbie,” which, in turn, could be linked to a hit Nicki Minaj number “Barbie Dreams.” A “Barb” — plural form: “Barbz” — is a hardcore Nicki Minaj fan, who believes the singer-songwriter to be the greatest of this generation.

How can you qualify to be a “barb”?


#duet with @joshpusateri the barb queen has arrived 😉 #fyp #barb #barbz4bernie #toosieslide #duet #foryou


If you think of yourself as an avid Nicki Minaj fan, you’d probably want to get on the hype train and emerge as a self-proclaimed “barb.” Now, to discard the wannabes, the “barb” community has come up with a unique test. The test asks you to lip-sync to a set of 10 Nicki Minaj hits, which shuffle in quick succession. Only after successfully completing the challenge should you call yourself a true “barb,” registering yourself as a member of the rapidly-growing Nicki Minaj fandom.

What is “#BarbzForBernie” and how is it related to “Barb”?


At the end of 2019, left-winged Nicki Minaj fans — “barbs” — started using the lyrics of Minaj’s hit song, “Super Bass,” to take the fight to Donald Trump supporters. The mass movement backed Bernie Sanders to be elected the President of the United States, beating the current POTUS, Donald Trump.

The hashtag “BarbzforBernie” was their war cry at the time, which they would pair up with any anti-Trump/pro-Bernie post or comment.

Bernie Sanders, of course, has dropped out of the race, which has made the movement obsolete and irrelevant.

Although unrelated, you may also want to check out TikTok hashtags #barb and #barbs. Because, why not?


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