The Disney Channel has been accused of spreading “anti-communist propaganda” in the comedy series Girl Meets World.
Girl Meets World ran from 2014 to 2017 on the children’s TV channel, and focused on the adventures of school girl Riley Matthews (Rowan Blanchard) and her father and schoolteacher, Cory (Ben Savage).
A resurfaced clip from the series went viral on Twitter, taken from season two episode “Girl Meets Commonism”.
In the episode, a trio of Girl Meets World‘s schoolchild protagonists embrace the ideals of communism (or “commonism”, as they call it) after being caught cheating on a test.
However, they abandon the philosophy when their teacher returns a perfectly scored test paper and divides their grade between them.
The clip from the episode, which now has been viewed more than three million times, sees Cory lecture the girls about the need for individualism.
“When you get everything right, but you don’t do it yourselves, it makes you average,” he says. “’A’ divided by three is a ‘C’. Look at you. You’re all the same. You’re average. You’re common.”
“Commonism. This is why it fell? People didn’t wanna all be the same?” asks Riley.
“Without incentive, there’s no motivation. Without motivation, there’s no advancement,” Cory responds.
THAT GIRL MEETS WORLD CLIP OH MY GOOOOOD
— gay lite (@soft4sunmi)
lmao this is deranged stuff https://t.co/pTqPHlfGZe
— A̸rlan H̷͖͛ë̴̹́l̴̜͆l̷̯̃ison (@badpersonclub)
after seeing the girl meets world communism clip getting shared I decided to watch the entire episode and it makes even less sense than that one speech out of context
— parsnip (@AJjohnston42)
The clip was shared as a “reminder that Disney is actively giving children anti-communist propaganda”.
Social media users soon piled in condemning the didactic messaging of the episode, with one widely shared tweet describing it as “deranged”.
Girl Meets World is a spin-off of the Noughties series Boy Meets World, which starred Savage as a younger version of Cory.
In the UK, the series can be watched on Disney+.