Trina McGee revisits ‘Boy Meets World’ co-star Will Friedle’s ‘racist’ Aunt Jemima joke

Twenty-two years prior to now, on the “Boy Meets World” set, Will Friedle likened his black co-star Trina McGee to Aunt Jemima.

The actor, who carried out Eric Matthews, apologized to McGee in a prolonged electronic mail quite a lot of years once more, nevertheless the actress has lastly addressed the “racist” incident with him publicly.

McGee, 53, joined “Boy Meets World” alums Danielle Fishel, Rider Sturdy and Friedle in an episode of their “Pod Meets World” podcast the place the strong extra talked about the remark.

The actress, who carried out Angela Moore, shortly confronted Friedle, 46, regarding the comment when it occurred — a switch the actor helped him understand the implications of racial stereotypes.

“In my head, I attached no cultural significance to that the least bit,” Friedle recalled via the Sept. 12 episode of the podcast. “I seen a person who I believed was my good good friend nevertheless didn’t know all that correctly carrying an unlimited, crimson hat.”

“You and I nonetheless hadn’t labored collectively a ton, nevertheless in my head you may have been a part of the strong, so that means I’m gonna make pleasant of you,” he said to McGee. “So I believed ‘Gonna make pleasant of her crimson hat.’ That’s as far as my dumb f–king privileged ideas seen it.

Trina McGee carried out Angela Moore on the current.
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“Correct sooner than I walked on individually, I walked by and went ‘love your syrup’ and walked onto the set, pondering ‘Improve, zing, merely purchased her for her hat,’” Friedle said. “I heard Ryder laughing. We accomplished the scene and in addition you bought right here as a lot as me–” 

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“Oh, I was pissed,” McGee interjected.

“You may have been like, ‘That was not OK.’ And I was like, ‘What?’” Friedle said. “I had no idea what you may have been talking about. You went, ‘Referring to me as Aunt Jemima.’ I was like, ‘I assumed that was similar to you calling me the Jolly Inexperienced Giant.’ And likewise you’re like, ‘No. No that’s not the an identical issue the least bit.’ You outlined to me — you in no way use the time as an excuse, nevertheless throughout the mid-’90s, I had no idea the cultural significance of the Aunt Jemima character.”

Will Friedle carried out Eric Matthews on “Boy Meets World.”
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The cast of "Boy Meets World" on July 31, 1998.
The strong of “Boy Meets World” on July 31, 1998.
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Friedle continued: “I was mortified, because of the very final thing you want to assume is you’re part of the problem — like, your ignorance is part of the problem. In my head, I was going, ‘I made pleasant of her attributable to her hat, that’s all I was making an attempt to do. What merely occurred?’ And I take into account you very patiently explaining to me why I was an idiot, and we hugged and walked away. Nevertheless I was shaken … You walked away and I take into account truly shaking.”

From that point on, Friedle said their alternate modified his life.

He said: “That second was the second I was like, ‘It’s possible you’ll’t merely say stuff. It’s possible you’ll’t merely throw points in the marketplace because you assume it’s humorous and stroll away. You might be hurting people. You possibly can legitimately be hurting people because you assume it’s humorous.’”

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McGee said she moreover spoke regarding the incident with people afterward, together with, “I merely saved telling household and buddies the story they normally have been like, ‘No, he doesn’t sound racist, he merely sounds truly dumb.’ That was the solutions I saved getting.”

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(Left to correct) Rider Sturdy, Danielle Fishel, Trina McGee and Ben Savage in an episode of “Boy Meets World.”
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She continued: “That’s the issue, Will. You grow to be part of the issue today when it’s a should to switch in areas with people of color and in addition you don’t truly must by correct, nevertheless it’d behoove you to be taught as loads about them as you’ll be capable of. You didn’t must once more then, nor have been you knowledgeable to, nor wouldn’t it impact your confirm, nothing.”

Friedle and McGee had reconciled sooner than the podcast, as have McGee and Fishel — who McGee beforehand mentioned was “impolite, chilly and distant” when she guest-starred on “Lady Meets World” in 2015.

“Pod Meets World” is obtainable to take heed to wherever you get your podcasts.