Resurfaced clips of “Girl Meets World” spark an uproar on Twitter, with many calling the show “problematic” because of how Disney has handled sensitive topics.
The series, which ran from 2014 to 2017, touched on a variety of topics, including autism and religion. However, viewers watching the series from a 2021 perspective are critical of the way the network has chosen to present the topics.
In one of the clips resurfaceds, a character named Farkle Minkus, who was played by Corey Fogelmanis, has informed his friends that he may be autistic with Asperger’s syndrome.
As a result, the group began to deny that he had the disorder and tried to convince him that everything was fine. Some fans felt that Disney was trying to portray autism in a negative light.
In another clip, Farkle was seen telling his friends that he was having a hard time believing in God because he couldn’t see him. However, Cory Matthews, played by Ben Savage, claimed that God can still exist even if you can’t see him.
People on Twitter believed Disney was trying to force Christianity on the kids who watched the show.
“I just saw 30 different ‘Girl Meets World’ clips and each one is worse than the next,” one person wrote.
One person admitted that they were concerned about how the show may have affected people watching it. “And the fact that ‘Girl Meets World’ was one of Disney’s most watched shows at the time is shocking to me, I’m afraid … the damage this show caused,” the individual wrote.
Another clip resurfaces also touched on communism and featured a scene in a classroom where children fueled stereotypes. Some people saw the scene as a way for Disney to introduce kids to capitalism.
“Girl Meets World” was a spin-off of “Boy Meets World”, which ran from 1993 to 2000. The spin-off starred Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, August Maturo and Peyton Meyer.