Trina McGee played Angela, Ryder Strong’s character Shawn’s love interest on “Boy Meets World”. The actress joined the cast when the high schoolers went off to college. She had a main role in the film yet, it always felt like she was never there unless Shawn was there. Which strikes the viewers as odd because she was supposed to be friends with Topanga and Cory as well. While fans could clearly see that she was basically a supporting role, she was still somewhat of a fan favorite.
McGee, 50 recently came out and shared her story of experiencing hardships on the set of the popular show. Back in January, McGee wrote a lengthy IG post sharing some tidbits about what went down. “Called aunt Jemima on set during hair and make up. Called a bitter bitch when I quietly waited for my scene to finish rehearsing that was being f’ed up over and over due to episode featuring my character. Told ‘it was nice of you to join us’ like a stranger after 60 episodes.” It sounds like all kinds of messy
McGee shared that the co-stars involved in the racist actions just assumed they were not saying or doing anything wrong. “One reply was that calling me Aunt Jemima was the same as calling me The Jolly Green Giant. Just a fictional food character. I could care less what people call me until the vibe starts to block coins. This is the difference between prejudice and racism.” Fans were in an uproar angry with her mistreatment but praising her for coming out and being honest but more importantly, staying strong during the time.
At the time, fans were unaware of who the alleged culprits were, but McGee did say that she received an apology a few years after the fact. Now, the actress is giving her fans another update on the situation and naming one of the co-stars who played a part in her on set bullying. Will Friedle who played Corey’s brother Eric Matthews was one of the co-stars who treated McGee inappropriately. She shared on her IG this week, “FOR THE RECORD: WILL FRIEDLE the man responsible for AuntJemmagate, apologized to me 22 years ago and again days ago in a in a three-page letter. We talked more on it and he acknowledged that he really wasn’t educated enough in his early twenties to know he was truly offending me,” wrote McGee.
Not educated enough? In your twenties? Pretty sure everyone knows from a young age that racism is a big no no. McGee took the high road and turned the negative situation in something a little more positive. “THIS SHOULD AND COULD BE A TEACHING MOMENT FOR ALL. For all people of all races or different backgrounds. He has conveyed to me how much this has changed his perception of comedy. And humanity. We all fall short of sensitivity at times.” It’s wonderful that these two worked it all out but this has put a stain on what was once a wholesome family show.