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‘Boy Meets World’ star Rider Strong says he was ‘very upset’ with how show handled sex in prom episode

“Boy Meets World” alum Ryder Strong is speaking out on his frustration at how sex is handled on the show’s prom episode.

During a recent episode of the “Pod Meets World” podcast, Strong and his co-hosts and former co-stars Danielle Fischel and Will Friedl were answering a fan’s question about three episodes that were reportedly aired on Disney Channel. was “banned” from being broadcast. It syndicated the show from ABC. All episodes that Disney chose not to air included sex or drinking.

The trio began discussing an episode of season five’s “Prom-Is, Prom-Iss”, in which Fishel’s character Topanga and her boyfriend Corey Matthews. (Ben Savage) Consider having sex for the first time since prom.

“I remember not really liking the prom episode,” said Strong, who played Sean Hunter, Corey’s best friend. “I remember being very upset that whole week.”

"boy meets world" Alum Ryder Strong opens up about his frustration at how sex is handled on the show's prom episode.

“Boy Meets World” alum Ryder Strong is speaking out on his frustration at how sex is handled on the show’s prom episode.
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He continued, “I was very upset with the adults on my set, especially the way they were approaching it, especially because we weren’t discussing safe sex.”

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“The fact that we wouldn’t discuss Corey and Topanga using condoms or birth control at all, and yet the whole episode was about whether ‘they would’ or ‘they wouldn’t’ [in]bedroom and hotel room.”

Strong recalled that he had expressed his concern to Michael Jacobs, the co-creator and showrunner of “Boy Meets World” at the time.

“I just remember being so upset, and I brought it up. I remember talking to Michael about it, ‘Can we talk about this?'” he said.

took strong issue with the episode  "prom-ices, prom-ices"In which Danielle Fishel's character Topanga and her boyfriend Corey Matthews (Ben Savage) consider having sex for the first time since prom.

Strong took issue with the episode “Prom-is, Prom-is”, in which Danielle Fishel’s character Topanga and her boyfriend Corey Matthews (Ben Savage) consider having sex for the first time since prom.
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The “Cabin Fever” star continued, “Like maybe, you don’t understand this from generation to generation, but we were growing up in the age of AIDS, it’s something we have to talk about. If you’re discussing losing your virginity, discuss how you’re going to do it and how to be safe about it.”

“And he totally blew me away and told me it was a ridiculous thing to worry about and we don’t even need to discuss it,” Strong said.

“At the time I thought it was incredibly irresponsible.”

In a later episode, Jacobs expressed concern over a scene in which Topanga and Corey talk about sharing a razor. He said that Jacobs was concerned about the scene as he read that Hepatitis can spread Via Razor sharing.

"boy meets world" It ran for seven seasons on ABC from 1993 to 2000.

“Boy Meets World” ran for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000 on ABC.
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“All I remember is Pee-Sed,” he said. “Like, now we’re going to talk about hepatitis but for whatever reason, the notion of discussing safe sex is off the table?”

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Strong explained that he felt the discrepancy was due to a generational difference between the cast and producers.

Fischel explained that she also “felt uncomfortable throughout the week for similar reasons.”

“I don’t have specific memories about the week other than just, kind of restless,” she said.

“Boy meets the world” ran for seven seasons From 1993 to 2000 on ABC. Disney Channel aired reruns of the hit show from 2000 to 2007.

Fishel and Savage starred in the show’s Disney Channel spinoff series “Girl Meets World”, which was created by Jacobs and “Boy Meets World” co-creator April Kelly. Strong and Friedle also returned to reprise their roles during the show’s run from 2014 to 2017.

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