...Hey Kary...
sally-mun:

This is how I imagine my college is using my tuition money.

sally-mun:

This is how I imagine my college is using my tuition money.

youkai-amy:

People who keep saying Clare was a bitch for breaking up with Eli over voice mail: 

He barely answers his phone you guys, do you really think she wanted to wait for him to call back, after she’s called him up hundreds of times, and she’s been telling him it’s okay every single time till know.

If it were me, I’d be pretty pissed too.

Eli cheated on Clare. I dunno, but I think cheating on your girlfriend while you’re at college is more shallow then voice mail breakup. At least she didn’t text it to him.

AND, she at least had the common sense to not feel right doing things with Drew while with Eli.

So sit your asses down.

Not every situation in life is clear cut-and-dried, and not everyone needs to be made into a villain just because they do something we think is wrong. Breaking up with someone via voicemail or text is generally considered a crappy thing to do, but in Clare’s case you absolutely HAVE to take the state of Eclare’s relationship into account and not just look at the fact someone broke up with someone via voicemail.

The number one reason Eclare is having relationship issues to begin with is lack of communication.  She freaked out in Sparks Will Fly because she’d called and texted him multiple times, and never heard back from him.  For whatever reason Eli is flat out refusing to respond (or taking forever to reply back)…I don’t know a single human being who would be okay with their significant other deciding to not return their calls or texts for long periods of time.

By the time Clare called Eli to break up with him it was pretty clear she was done emotionally, and just wanted to be free of the pain this situation is causing her.  What else was she supposed to do, just sit around and wait for him to call back a week or two later? Fly to NYU and try to track down her boyfriend who’s apparently too busy to reply with a simple text message?

I don't even know who she could be friends with because Tristan is a fair weather friend when someone or something better comes along he will ditch you.
Anonymous

seancamerons:

It’s beyond obvious that is what Tristan is. He started off being friends with Maya because he was best friends with Tori, and when she moved away he was friends with Maya because it was better than being alone. Absolutely, he tried to ditch Maya for Zoe. I know the writers want to sell Tristan and Maya as some great friendship, but it isn’t that great. It’s actually pretty problematic. He represents everything that is insincere and untrue. Maya is often the last to know, so perhaps she’d be the last to know the last one standing when Tristan does ditch, then she really needs to find friends. If I remember correctly even her friendship with Tori came with stipulations.

It might be just me, but I don’t feel like the *writers* are the ones who have tried to sell Tristan and Maya as a great friendship. Just based on action alone this season, Degrassi’s made it pretty clear to me that these two are “bffs” simply because they have no one else.

I agree what you two are saying about Tristan; he’s interesting because he’s sassy, but he’s definitely been a sketchy friend at times. With Tristan and Maya it doesn’t feel natural like Tristan and Tori’s friendship did, or any of the close friendships on the show now. And while watching episodes I’ve never felt like the show is trying to sell Tristan and Maya’s “besties” status…or maybe they have, I just haven’t bought it because I still have the shady nonsense Tristan pulled in Summertime stuck in my head.

Has Degrassi tried to sell them on social media? ABSOLUTELY. 

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But as fan perception of Eclare over the past couple of years shows, there can be a BIG difference between what happens in Degrassiland on the internet and what’s happening on the actual show.

degrassikid:

Now our marathon has reached #degrassi season 6!

degrassikid:

Now our marathon has reached #degrassi season 6!

So I just watched the Smash in to You episode with Dave, it really makes me miss that character. He was so good! I really don't know why they cut him out.. I feel like they replaced him with Dallas. Totally could have kept Dave..
Anonymous

mimsey-studebaker-things:

karydegrassi:

This is just me speculating, but I feel like if things hadn’t gotten weird with Jordy and had they not killed off Adam, Dave would’ve been more likely to stay around.

Degrassi loves to place characters in social groups, or at the very least have them pair off with one other person. Imogen and Becky had no one after Adam’s death, so the show naturally paired up those two solo characters. All of Dave’s social connections were gone by the end of season 12:  he’d broken up with Alli for good, Adam was missing for all of 12C, his friendship with Tristan/Tori was only temporary and Eli graduated.

If Adam had stayed, Dave could’ve stayed around to be Adam’s “go-to friend” for advice, and vice versa. Without Adam, and with all of the social groups established the way they are now Dave would be about as useful as Winston has been, and Degrassi isn’t interested in having a standalone main character.

As astute as Kary usually is, I must respectfully disagree with him and agree with anonymous. Dallas is totally playing the role of Dave this season.

Were Dave and Alli really broken up for good? Couldn’t Dave have replaced Dallas as the person pursuing Alli while she was in Paris? Wouldn’t that have been in character for him since he pursued her so many times before?

Also Dave and Drew have been portrayed as friends (particularly when they were both in grade 11 on the basketball team). Wouldn’t it make more sense to have Dave helping Drew with student council stuff? Especially since Dave has been on student council since he was in grade 10.

Speaking of basketball, doesn’t it make more sense for Dave to be the captain of the basketball team his senior year than Dallas?

And Dave and Connor have been friends also since grade 10. Wouldn’t it make more sense for Drew, Dave, and Conner to be playing poker together?

Also Dave and Drew were shown working at a kids camp during spring break with KC during the same time that the gang-storyline started. It would make total sense for Dave to be a counselor at the same summer camp as Drew and Adam.

And then there’s the fact that the things that made Dallas unique—his hockey playing and Rocky—have received only passing coverage this year.

I should’ve clarified, I wasn’t trying to say that Dallas isn’t replacing Dave, because he clearly is. Part of the issue was I was primarily thinking about it from the standpoint of specifically where the show is right now in terms of how the characters are being used.

If they went back in time and re-wrote the season they could obviously fit Dave into Dallas’ role and we wouldn’t know the difference, but where would that leave Dallas? I was looking at if the show were to go with the current path it’s on now and just drop Dave in there somewhere, Dave wouldn’t fit because Dallas is already filling Dave’s character role. In that sense both of them couldn’t have a prominent role as a secondary character. But if they were to keep Adam, both Dave and Dallas would be more likely to benefit because they could serve as secondary characters for different people (and there could even be crossover that would work naturally).

Or Degrassi could’ve done this thing where Dave and Dallas develop a friendship and interact more than the way Dallas and Connor have recently, but that’d be crazy talk.

I. can't. even. right. now. I mean OK so I did a lot of thinking about *that* couple and it's just like....we all know how this is going to end, do you know what I mean. Also doesn't that other character just look like she thinks that she feels like she might be catching feelings for the only emotionally unavailable guy around her. I've been reading some recent interviews online and I'm just like why doesn't everyone hate me? Isn't Dana Plott so pretty? #HOLDME

SPOILER ALERT: That one couple ends up getting married, and then whats her name gets pregnant. She keeps the baby but then her emotionally unavailable boyfriend steals it and sells it for money for a tattoo.

Dana Plott appears on the season finale of Duhgrassey with guest artist Chief Keef

So I just watched the Smash in to You episode with Dave, it really makes me miss that character. He was so good! I really don't know why they cut him out.. I feel like they replaced him with Dallas. Totally could have kept Dave..
Anonymous

This is just me speculating, but I feel like if things hadn’t gotten weird with Jordy and had they not killed off Adam, Dave would’ve been more likely to stay around.

Degrassi loves to place characters in social groups, or at the very least have them pair off with one other person. Imogen and Becky had no one after Adam’s death, so the show naturally paired up those two solo characters. All of Dave’s social connections were gone by the end of season 12:  he’d broken up with Alli for good, Adam was missing for all of 12C, his friendship with Tristan/Tori was only temporary and Eli graduated.

If Adam had stayed, Dave could’ve stayed around to be Adam’s “go-to friend” for advice, and vice versa. Without Adam, and with all of the social groups established the way they are now Dave would be about as useful as Winston has been, and Degrassi isn’t interested in having a standalone main character.

Oh, I figured that was the reason, but sometimes I'm not sure if the writers intended for Zig to say it just to get under Miles' skin or if they, themselves, have forgotten that Zaya never actually dated. Because Tristan keeps calling him her ex and it's like, "No, he's TORI'S ex. He and Maya just kissed. Once. That hardly constitutes as a relationship."

Who’s Tori? ;-)

thelesserhalf:

Having this blanket literally never gets old and/or less awesome.

thelesserhalf:

Having this blanket literally never gets old and/or less awesome.

I don’t understand why characters keep referring to Zig as Maya’s “ex” when they were never actually a couple. Ever.

ladyazura:

On that note, Zig calling her his “sloppy seconds” ALSO doesn’t make any sense given the fact that they’ve neither dated NOR fucked.

Other characters saying it is weird. However, Zig calling her his “sloppy seconds” makes absolute sense. He says it to get under Miles’ skin, so in that case it doesn’t really matter if it’s true or not.

Degrassi’s original “bad boy,” or so the characters thought

Degrassi’s original “bad boy,” or so the characters thought

I can’t talk about that Degrassi couple who got together in Everything Is Everything.

I can’t say their name.

I can’t say that I love them together.

I can’t say that I ship them.

Because once I officially put it out into the universe, the Degrassi writers will somehow hear it and destroy them…just like the writers have destroyed every ship I’ve ever loved (Drianca…Parcy…SELLIE).

All this talk of JT's death has reminded me of the video of Ryan Cooley's last day of set. You've probably seen it but it's always worth a share. If you think you cried when he died, try holding back during this! (Turns out I can't link it but it's on YouTube)
Anonymous

jtdorke:

I know exactly which video you’re talking about! I remember it so vividly. They showed it a lot on TV around the time of when “Rock This Town” aired. It always made me super emotional!

Here’s the video for those who haven’t seen it or just want to see it again. I’m watching it right now and it’s bringing back so many memories! :’)

Well of course it’s “immature and stupid” if you’re looking at it from a simple-minded point of view.
I’m a black guy telling you that this plot was about more than just two black guys getting pulled over because they’re black.  EVERYONE can be profiled or judged unfairly because of their race, gender, sexuality, beliefs, etc…it happens every freakin day.
The primary point of the episode is that *HOW* people react to being treated poorly is ultimately what matters.  Dallas was angry because of being racially profiled twice.  If that cop viewed Dallas as just another “thug with an attitude,” then Dallas played right into the cop’s stereotypical view by being verbally hostile.
Because he felt he’d been profiled the day before, Dallas took out his anger on the guy at the science fair and unnecessarily made that situation about race.  How many people do you know who’ve had crappy childhoods or were in crappy relationships, and allow the pain and emotions from those past situations to bleed over and self-sabotage their present and future? That can virtually describe everyone to a point.
Mr. Bhandari’s point about choosing how to fight was golden.  Everyone’s first reaction nowadays (especially in the world of social media) is to be angry and outraged and scream bloody murder as loud as possible, instead of finding a respectful, intelligent way to get your point across when fighting injustice.

Well of course it’s “immature and stupid” if you’re looking at it from a simple-minded point of view.

I’m a black guy telling you that this plot was about more than just two black guys getting pulled over because they’re black.  EVERYONE can be profiled or judged unfairly because of their race, gender, sexuality, beliefs, etc…it happens every freakin day.

The primary point of the episode is that *HOW* people react to being treated poorly is ultimately what matters.  Dallas was angry because of being racially profiled twice.  If that cop viewed Dallas as just another “thug with an attitude,” then Dallas played right into the cop’s stereotypical view by being verbally hostile.

Because he felt he’d been profiled the day before, Dallas took out his anger on the guy at the science fair and unnecessarily made that situation about race.  How many people do you know who’ve had crappy childhoods or were in crappy relationships, and allow the pain and emotions from those past situations to bleed over and self-sabotage their present and future? That can virtually describe everyone to a point.

Mr. Bhandari’s point about choosing how to fight was golden.  Everyone’s first reaction nowadays (especially in the world of social media) is to be angry and outraged and scream bloody murder as loud as possible, instead of finding a respectful, intelligent way to get your point across when fighting injustice.

nicxyz:

I find it funny everyone complains that degrassi focus’s to much on relationships but then everyone ship all these couples. And then you have these two love triangles and people are complaining because their otp isn’t together and I have seen people get hate on their ship. I mean would people watch if it had no relationships? Sorry just going through the degrassi tag and noticed people care about relationships more then they say!

#DegrassiFanLogic

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The #1 thing that Degrassi fans complain about is that Degrassi focuses too much on relationship drama.  However, the #1 thing that riles up the fanbase is, of course, the relationship drama.

The Degrassi writers and crew are on social media. They see what their fanbase is doing and saying beyond what happens on Degrassi. They see fans are talking about ships a lot…not just ships on Degrassi, but ships in movies, books and other TV shows.  They see fans swooning over celeb boys all the time. I’ve witnessed fans on twitter complain that “no girl on Degrassi ever stays single” in one breath, then turn around and profess how they’re “overwhelmed with feels” for this and that couple.

So why would Degrassi tone down relationship drama when they look and see the average Degrassi fan giving off the perception through social media that the main things they love talking about are ships and cute boys?