Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World," sequel to the '90s cult classic "Boy Meets World," will air a very important episode this coming Friday, Sept. 11. The show's young star, Rowan Blanchard, who's certainly wise beyond her years, recently tweeted out this link.
The link reconnects to a press release on TV by the Numbers' website. It explains the newest GMW episode storyline will involve Asperger's Syndrome, which falls on the autism spectrum.
Farkle Minkus (Corey Fogelmanis), one of the show's most-lovable characters, wonders if he has Asperger's. According to the press release, "Three experts consulted on the episode to help deliver an authentic storyline that can spark conversation among kids and their families." Props to Disney for reaching out and asking for professionals' input on a vital topic. ?
Corey Fogelmanis as Farkle Minkus
Since the show's main target audience is impressionable kids (although, I'm sure many adults watch it as well) it's crucial to present autism as accurately as possible. Hopefully, this episode will help decrease the amount of stigma some people tend to associate with autism and other mental disorders.
The press release also states, "While Farkle wonders if he has Asperger's Syndrome, Riley and Maya show empathy and acceptance." Those are two powerful words: empathy and acceptance. Airing this to children could spark a change in how society views people with autism. This GMW episode will "emphasize the beauty of being unique," which hopefully sends quite an influential message to its audience.
Lee Norris as Stuart Minkus
Of course, Loken is also a BMW veteran herself, having guest-starred on two episodes as Jennifer Bassett. FYI, she was the girl who tried to get Shawn to "break up" with Cory, and Shawn chose Cory over her.
Bottom line, "Girl Meets Farkle" is sure to be an episode that promotes acceptance of other people's differences, and we're all for that.