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In today’s US political climate, Ron and Leslie should be enemies. She was a Democrat and he was a Libertarian. Leslie was very happy, a people person and he was stoic and actively tried to distance himself from people. Yet, their unlikely friendship was funny, beautiful, authentic and one of best parts of Parks and Recreation. Their friendship was built on respect, love, a strong work ethic, shared values and a deep fondness for breakfast food.
I operate similar to Ron and Leslie, I choose to befriend people who share most of my values, common interests and we have platonic chemistry. However, I actively refuse to befriend and engage with despicable people who have consciously chosen to be that way. They come in all political affiliations, ethnicities, genders, races, religions/lack thereof, ages, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses etc.. Being reasonably religious, an atheist, a refugee, an immigrant, a woman, a man, gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer, disabled, Black, Caucasian, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, poor, reasonably conservative, liberal …these aren’t crimes, sins or mental illnesses. Despicable people believe the exact opposite and actively attack those groups. I take that personally because my parents and most of aunts and uncles are refugees. I’m also a progressive Asian woman and I have loved ones who are reasonably religious, atheists, refugees, immigrants, women, men, gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual, queer, disabled, Black, Caucasian, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, poor, conservative, liberal. I’m different and so are the people I love. I can be friends with different but not despicable.
Ron and Leslie’s friendship means a lot to me because it’s layered, real and an example that everyone should follow. It reinforces my belief that genuinely good people, despite their differences, can have strong and fulfilling relationships. They can also work together and make real change for the better.
I'm not surprised Disney Channel cancelled Girl Meets World because they usually announce renewals early and they didn't this time around. It's also a fact that they usually don't keep shows on air longer than 3-4 seasons for some unknown reason. Before That's So Raven, they cancelled shows after that 3 seasons. So, this isn't unusual and if you're doubtful, you can look it up.
It wasn't as good as Boy Meets World but it's definitely not the worse show. It was a decent children's show about growing up, tolerance, bullying, discrimination, body image, income inequality, feminism, Asperger's/Autism, identity, parental abandonment, but it wasn't the family sitcom with a broad like Boy Meets World. Being on Disney Channel did handicap it because they always had to appeal to 6-9 year-olds too.. you can't do that when your leads are in middle and high school and in their 30s. For whatever reason, some of the important storylines were underdeveloped and that definitely got under the skin of fans who are my age.
Most of the episodes that featured the cast of Boy Meets World and Cory and Topanga having the B story, were the best because they knew how to utilize the characters/cast and I'll always enjoy those. It's unfortunate because it could have been so much better if they had aired on Freeform, ABC or Netflix where they could appeal to the 90s kids like me and today's teens without worrying about pandering to children.