In January, Trina McGee disclosed that she was a victim of racism on the set of Boy Meets World. The actress played the character of Angela Moore in the 90s show. She said that she faced racial insults as well as ‘cold’ behaviour.
Her co-star Danielle Fishel admitted last month that she was the one who was cold to McGee. The actress played the role of Topanga Lawrence in the show. Fishel said that she apologized to McGee in May.
Danielle Fishel tweeted, “I owed @realtrinamcgee an apology for being rude, cold, & distant when she guest-starred on GMW. Her tweet regarding warm hellos being met with cold blank stares was about me.”
According to Fishel, it happened during the spin-off series Girl Meets World. Trina McGee was guest-starring in the series in 2015.
Danielle Fishel added, “Trina and I spoke over a month ago and she gracefully accepted my apology.”
Trina McGee had said that her ‘happy hellos’ were ‘greeted with blank stares.’ The actress further said that she ‘feels free’ to discuss the ‘disrespectful behaviour’ after 20 years. She also said that during hair and make-up on the set, she was called ‘Aunt Jemima’. She also revealed that during rehearsal, she was called a ‘bitter bit*h.’
McGee, while talking to Yahoo Entertainment, said that her co-star Fishel explained her actions by admitting that she was facing something ‘personal’ during the time.
Later in April, Trina McGee revealed that she faced racial insults by Will Friedle, who played Eric Matthews on the show.
On Thursday, the actress uploaded a picture with Friedle. The caption read, “FOR THE RECORD: WILL FRIEDLE, the man responsible for Aunt Jemmagate, apologized to me 22 years ago and again days ago in a three-page letter.”
She also wrote, “We talked more on it and he acknowledged that he really wasn’t educated enough in his early twenties to know he was truly offending me. THIS SHOULD AND COULD BE A TEACHING MOMENT FOR ALL.”
The actress continued, “For all people of all races or different backgrounds. He has conveyed to me how much this has changed his perception of comedy. And humanity. We all fall short of sensitivity at times, but let’s be real on what EXTREME RACISM IS.”
Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment, McGee said, “He (Friedle) wrote a long email to me. He said that it was a journey for him since that day that he had called me Aunt Jemima. And it was a journey of thinking about himself, thinking about what he’s been taught as acceptable to other cultures … what might hurt people.”