The surprising feminism of Degrassi: Next Class

Degrassi has always “gone there,” but with the latest iteration, for the Netflix audience, the season spent a great deal of time focusing on feminism. From Maya’s (Olivia Scriven) anthem and online trolls to an active feminist club, the subject was not merely a theme floated through one hectic episode, but a focus throughout the season.

It begins in the third episode – #YesMeansYes – when the series brilliantly tackles the important topic of consent, as it applies to one of the show’s main couples, Maya and Zig (Ricardo Hoyos). The two have had sex once before, so Zig sees no problem in pushing Maya into a physical relationship once again, as he fears the romance is fading.

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Drake is the most adorable and I can’t handle it

Okay, okay. So I know there has been all this drama in the media lately about some beef between Drake and Meek Mill. But here’s the thing: I have no time for it. I’m like Lucille in Arrested Development. I won’t hear it and I won’t respond to it. Hell, I’m still upset that Drake and Nicki aren’t married like he says in “Moment 4 Life.” Moving on.

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via Fox

Yesterday the “Hold On, We’re Going Home” singer posted a snap to Instagram alongside two of his former Degrassi: The Next Generation co-stars – Daniel Clark, Adamo Ruggiero and Lauren Collins at the We Are Disorderly premiere in Toronto. Nostalgia alert.

If that wasn’t adorable enough, the former Jimmy Brooks captioned the photo – in which he can be seen absolutely beaming as he hugs his co-stars – “I think these kids went to my high school.” COME ON. How could anybody fight with this guy (I know – I lied. I brought it up again… but I swear that’s it.)? Continue reading

Degrassi Community School is finally closing its doors…

Now, I may just be emotional here, because in a small span of time I’ve lost Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Eye Candy (hey, it was entertaining!), and Happy Endings (I don’t care how long ago it was I’ll never be over it), but I feel like losing a TV show that you watched religiously, especially a long-running one, is like losing a friend – or maybe at least a pretty cool acquaintance.

And now I hear that after a two-week finale event, Degrassi will be ending it’s 14-year run as well (though Vulture later reported it was only ending its run at Teen Nick?).

Now, when it comes to long-running series on my list, Degrassi is pretty much as long as it gets. The original show, Degrassi Junior High began in 1987 and continued through 1991. Now, let’s be honest, I obviously wasn’t watching that. However, I have seen it, and I think I even have a few episodes on iTunes, because I went through a phase where I would download anything on the shop that was free… but I digress.

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