Fans have been going wild this past weekend after news broke that some of the original cast of the hit Canadian show Degrassi: The Next Generation would be returning to the screen in a special reunion episode.
The episode will be featured on Netflix’s Degrassi: Next Class in a matter of days. Five days actually— on July 22nd.
Fan favorites Paige Michalchuk, Craig Manning, Liberty Van Zandt, Emma Nelson, Spinner Mason, Peter Stone, Holly J. Sinclair and Marco Del Rossi will all be returning in the 500th episode of the show. Jimmy Brooks however will most likely not be returning for the reunion seeing as well… he’s Drake now. But maybe they’ll throw in some kind of mention to what happened to Jimmy.
You can watch the announcement video on Degrassi’s Facebook page.
According to ETCanada, besides catching up with our favorite characters and what they’ve been up to since they left the show, Degrassi will be touching on the hot topic that’s been in the news a lot lately— Black Lives Matter.
During the reunion, a Black Lives Matter protest will be happening outside and activist Emma Nelson, played by Miriam McDonald, will want to join in.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been gaining steam over the past year after multiple incidents arose where it appeared Black individuals were wrongly arrested, abused or killed by members of the police force for no other reason than the color of their skin.
The media has recently been broadcasting news coverage of protests happening all over the country in support of Black Lives Matter. However, there are others who say All Lives Matter, not just Black Lives Matter. This has led to high tensions on both sides of the spectrum and many people have clashed both in-person and on-line.
Degrassi’s coverage of the issue could lead to young people being able to understand the problem on a personal level.
When speaking on racism, Degrassi star Sara Waisglass said,
“I don’t think we’ve ever really covered racism in this way, especially because it’s not someone blatantly being racist because they know they’re being racist. My character just doesn’t understand that her act is racist and that’s, I think, a really cool way to tell a story — a villain who doesn’t know she’s a villain. She learns through her best friend, which is also so important, because it shows that whole putting-yourself-in-other-people’s-shoes (idea), which is also a main theme.”
You can judge for yourself on July 22nd.
Are you excited for the reunion show? Are you more or less likely to watch it knowing that it will cover racism and the Black Lives Matter movement?
Let us know in the comments.