'Boy Meets World' Actor Admits To Saying 'Stupid, Insensitive Things' To Trina McGee Who Was Called Aunt Jemima On Set

Former Boy Meets World star Will Friedle admitted to saying "stupid, insensitive things" to co-star Trina McGee, who previously said she was called "Aunt Jemima" on set. Friedle opened up when he sat down with his co-stars Danielle Fishel and Rider Strong during the latest episode of the Pod Meets World podcast.
"We've all spoken to her about it, and I can't wait to have a deeper conversation with her about it," Friedle said during the interview. "I was saying stupid, insensitive things at the time because I thought I wasn't doing anything wrong, and that kind of went without saying at the time."
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McGee spoke about her experience when she took to Twitter in 2020, poking fun at the racist incidents she faced on the show.
"I called Aunt Jemima on set while I was doing my hair and makeup," she wrote. "Called a bitter shit as I quietly waited for my scene to finish rehearsing, which kept being pumped up over and over again because of an episode involving my character. Said like a stranger after 60 episodes, 'It was nice of you to join us'."
In a separate tweet, the actress confirmed that she is speaking out about her experience on Boy Meets World. She also said the racist behavior came from the main cast.
When a fan asked McGee to confirm which actors she was talking about, the former child star said "the ones pictured on the poster."
McGee also said her complaint was dismissed when she revealed someone had called her Aunt Jemima.
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"One response was that calling me Aunt Jemima was the same as calling me The Jolly Green Giant. Just a fictional food character," McGee tweeted. “I might not care what people call me until the mood starts blocking coins. That is the difference between prejudice and racism.”
One response was that calling me Aunt Jemima was the same as calling me The Jolly Green Giant. Just a fictional food character. I might not care what people call me until the mood starts blocking coins. That is the difference between prejudice and racism.
— Trina McGee (@realtrinamcgee) January 13, 2020
McGee added more details when replying to another fan.
"I did my job and I expect my rights," she said. “Sometimes the tension of disrespect was extremely distressing. 25 years old at the time starting a family and didn't deserve to think about it. None of these three colleagues had children. Only cowardly egos and hot diarrhea mouths.”
McGee added that she was "locked out out of fear and jealousy."
I am excluded out of fear and jealousy. The crew has always been great. Speaking of three fellow actors.
— Trina McGee (@realtrinamcgee) January 13, 2020
While she didn't name the actors at the time, McGee said co-star Rider Strong wasn't among those making insensitive comments.
Not rider.
— Trina McGee (@realtrinamcgee) January 16, 2020
McGee said the other actors "should name themselves." According to McGee, one of her colleagues said, "I don't want anyone in my scene who is female or around me."
Fans assumed the actress was referring to co-stars Will Friedle, who played Eric Matthews, Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga Lawrence, and Ben Savage, who played Cory Matthews.
Fishel later held himself accountable.
"I'm using this time to read, listen, ask questions about how I can be a better ally, how I can be anti-racist, and make a commitment to myself and others that this won't get off my mind or agenda if." the rebellion is no longer the headline of all news and social media," Fishel tweeted in June 2020.
I'm using this time to read, listen, ask questions about how to be a better ally, how to be anti-racist, and make a commitment to myself and others that this won't get out of my head or agenda if the rebellion is no longer the headline of all news and social media. pic.twitter.com/xFJa58jimw
— Danielle Fishel Karp (@daniellefishel) June 1, 2020
According to BuzzFeed News, McGee also took to social media to reveal that Friedle has apologized for calling her aunt Jemima.
Regarding Savage, McGee said, "I don't speak to Ben Savage at all."
Speaking about racing on the final episode of their podcast, the Boy Meets World stars said they'll have McGee on the show soon and will be talking at length about her experience.
"We dealt with that a lot in the '90s, we're younger and sometimes you don't realize that you can be part of the problem and that's one of the things that Trina brought up and talked about," Friedle said on the show.
Trina McGee
American actress
Will Friedle
US-American actor
Danielle Fischel
American actress
rider strong
US-American actor

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