The surprisingly conservative core of Boy Meets World
The '90s sitcom, often lauded as progressive and ahead of its time, was all about lauding middle-class whiteness.
(Welcome to the Wednesday newsletter! Each week, I’m publishing a new pop culture essay from a freelancer. Remember: Your subscription fee helps me pay these freelancers for their efforts! This week: Madison Davis on the not-so-progressive core of Boy Meets World.) Across its seven-year run, Boy Meets World went through multiple theme song changes, common in sitcoms of the time. In season four, Cory Matthews, the “boy” of the title, bounds down a flight of stairs of his house to join his friends in a red Chevy. An upbeat rock instrumental plays as the gang drives down the road. The car’s mirrors and the blue sky reflect clips of the show’s past. The cast members smile wistfully at the clips, as if daydreaming of the scenes themselves — their own true memories. Youtube video Here are tw
Sep 22 2021
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