Girl Meets World Takes a Stand Against Bullying

As a 90's kid I was a huge fan of Boy Meets World, so when they announced this spine off I was excited and nervous about what was in store. I have not yet been disappointed.  So far this show has been just as good as its original.   Boy Meets World,  aired on ABC in its TGIF block from 1993 to 2000.  The original series centered on Cornelius "Cory" Matthews, including his growing relationship with Topanga Lawrence and their eventual marriage.  Girl Meets World, centers on the life of the couple's daughter, Riley Matthews. 

(Other members of the Boy Meets World cast have either recurring roles or cameo appearances.)

In Girl Meets World's latest episode, Girl Meets Rileytown, a classmate is making fun of Riley. Rliey pretends to be sick to escape going to school,  because she is upset.  When trying to find out what has Riley so down, Maya mentions Rileytown, the made-up land where all of Riley's goofiness and happiness comes from.  Riley complains she doesn't want to be weird, but be the girl no one notices.  

Riley finds encouragement through her friends to like herself and stand up to the bully, who is left faceless. 

When I watched this episode with a friend, he asked why didn't they show the bully?

They kept the bully off camera. If you notice in the video she didn't speak, she wasn't shown. We only know its a she because Riley told us. 

My Theory:

Perhaps by keeping the bully faceless and voiceless, it can tell those being bullied that they too can find strength to stand up to their bullies. To remember they are not alone in that fight. 

 

 

Girl Meets Rileytown is the seventeenth episode in season 2 of Girl Meets World and the 38th episode overall. It aired on September 25, 2015 to 2.6 million viewers.

 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.   #StompOutBullying