As the #BlackLivesMatter movement gathers steam in the wake of a slew of racially motivated shootings throughout the U.S., this hot-button topic will be making it into the upcoming season of “Degrassi: Next Class”.
The topical storyline will take place in the upcoming 500th episode of the long-running Canadian teen drama, when a number of “Degrassi” alums (a group that will unfortunately not include Drake) will return for a 35th anniversary celebration that’s disrupted by a #BlackLivesMatter protest.
“There’s a protest happening outside of the school and true to her … nature, Emma wants to join in on that protest,” Miriam McDonald, who starred as Emma Nelson on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and returns for the 500th, tells Canadian Press.
“I don’t think we’ve ever really covered racism in this way, especially because it’s not someone blatantly being racist because they know they’re being racist,” adds “Degrassi: Next Class” star Sara Waisglass.
“My character just doesn’t understand that her act is racist and that’s, I think, a really cool way to tell a story — a villain who doesn’t know she’s a villain. She learns through her best friend, which is also so important, because it shows that whole putting-yourself-in-other-people’s-shoes (idea), which is also a main theme.”
The second season of “Degrassi: Next Class” premieres Tuesday, July 19 on Family Channel.