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'Girl Meets World' Has Been Cancelled. Here's Why It Mattered

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | January 5, 2017 |

By Courtney Enlow | Industry | January 5, 2017 |

After a lot of speculation over the past few months, Disney has officially pulled the plug on Girl Meets World, creator Michael Jacobs confirmed last night.

Star and this show’s greatest gift to humanity Rowan Blanchard penned a letter to her fans about the news.

“Teens determine and influence all of this in general, and I hope and think our show reflects you for how you are: brave, opinionated, audacious, devoted, dynamic, loving, nurturing and powerful. People, more than often adults who have forgotten their power, will tell you differently and I hope that is when you turn to our show, which is now your show. I will continue to fight and not be talked down to by the shows and books and movies that are aimed toward us. I am sorry that this channel is just not able to understand that (don’t think for a moment this happened because of you). But I know what we are capable of. I know very well what we did. I am above all humbled to know I belong to such an extraordinary generation. What an honor.”

And that’s what I’ll miss most about this show. This was a show for young people about young people that didn’t talk down to them, that reveled in the hard and painful and beautiful parts of being a young teen and growing up. That celebrated friendship and at its core specifically female friendship, unconditional and deep and rewarding, one that couldn’t even be dented by the presence of the dreaded Boy. A show that had episodes devoted to feminism, and girls in science and technology, and autism, and classism. A show that starred not only Blanchard but other hugely vocal and knowledgeable teens Sabrina Carpenter, Corey Fogelmanis and Amir Mitchell-Townes, who all fly in the face of the idea of what a Disney Kid is supposed to be. Who celebrate art and equality and Black Lives Matter and what the adult world tells them is in some way controversial. They gave children and teens, our children and our teens and us as adults, role models that were real and valuable. The show gave us lessons that were real and valuable. The show was real. It was valuable.

In a world where people are shocked that Teen Vogue is capable of reporting real news. In a world where people are shocked that Rowan Blanchard understands intersectional feminism in a way most adults don’t. In this world, we had this show and these teens. At the exact place and time we needed them most. Perhaps it’s fitting that we’re losing this show at the moment we’re all ready to fight. I’m thankful this show gave girls a reminder that they can fight, that they’re respected, that they matter. That this is their world.

Thunder. Lightning.


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