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  • Should You Tell a Friend You Don't Like Their Bf/Gf?

    Posted on 05/05/2011 by Mary

    Alli tells Clare what she thinks of Eli on Degrassi
    Alli's nose, meet Clare's beeswax.

    This may or may not have just been some Munro-lust working its way into people's judgment about the E-Clare break-up, but this post on the Degrassi board got me thinking...

    "Who Does Alli Think She Is? Excuse me, but Eli and Alli haven't even talked this whole season, yet Alli has had such a big influence on Eli and Clare's relationship!! Like don't try and put ur 2 cents in Alli!" - Kira<3'sMunroChambers

    I know in real life, friends can get put in some pretty uncomfortable predicaments when they donate their opinions about a friend's relationship. Such as:

    1) You tell your friend that their bf/gf is bad for them; they get angry at you instead of the bf/gf... even if you're right. Sometimes because you're right -- because it's too hard to admit.
    2) Your friend complains and complains and complains about their bf/gf. They finally break up. You say things like "good riddance" and "they were never good enough for you" and "I always hated them." Then they get back together... and now you're the friend who hates their bf/gf. Oy.
    3) You tell your friend, "I don't know, the way they did that to you seems pretty manipulative/shady/whatever." Next fight your friend has with their bf/gf, they're like "Well my friend YOUR NAME HERE says that that was manipulative." Guess who gets an earful from the bf/gf next time you bump into each other?

    But... think about Alli's side of that E-Clare thing. Your best friend is in a relationship she doesn't want to be in anymore, but is having trouble ending it because she feels guilty, doesn't want to hurt him, etc. Isn't it kind of the job of a friend to say, "Hey, you need to look after yourself here"... to support your friend who's having trouble doing something difficult but necessary?

    So... what do you say when a friend is going through something with their bf/gf. Weigh in? Keep your mouth shut? How do you handle it with YOUR friends?

  • What did Liberty and Jenna have in common?

    Posted on 05/04/2011 by Mary

    If you didn't already hear, today's the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. I know, every day should be the Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, but today's the day we make SURE we talk about it.

    On TeenNick, we're showing the episodes of Degrassi where Jenna, KC, Liberty, and JT faced those terrifying little pink lines: positive pregnancy tests.

    JT, Liberty, Jenna and KC -- characters from Degrassi who faced teen pregnancy
    JT, Liberty, Jenna, and KC are some of the Degrassi characters who have faced teen pregnancy

    One thing we've learned on Degrassi (or maybe you've learned it just by looking around at your high school) is that teen pregnancy isn't caused by being "a certain kind of person."

    Liberty and Jenna are pretty different characters -- the responsible, brainiac, "innocent" student council-er vs. the singing cheerleader who encouraged her boyfriend to cheat on his math test.

    And JT and KC have some major differences too (even if they both went by initials) -- the slightly dorky, happy-go-lucky jokester vs. the emotionally tortured, all-star jock with a brain.

    But they all have one major thing in common: they faced an unplanned pregnancy.

    Over on the website, they've got a "Myth Monsters" game to help you bust through the myths surrounding teen sex, birth control, and pregnancy. Or if you don't feel like going through the whole game, you can just check out their list of common myths like "Everyone is doing it" and "You can't get pregnant if..."

    To that list of myths, I just want to add...
    MYTH: "Only bad/bratty/boyfriend-stealer/promiscuous girls get pregnant."
    Pregnancy is a result of sex, not of "goodness" or "badness". Anyone who has unprotected or poorly protected sex can end up facing the same life-changing problem.


    Posted on 05/01/2011 by Mary

    This year... right now... May Day is Jay Day!

    The day we randomly, for no particular reason -- other than that we saw #JayDay getting discussed by Degrassi fans (such as @DegrassiDaily and @HeatherPoulette) on Twitter a lot and we're as obsessed with Jay as anyone and come on, Mike Lobel is stupid hot -- talk a whole heck of a lot about Jay and how awesome he was/is and how much we LOVED the Degrassi Mini where his secret identity was revealed:

    Before Fitz, or Owen, or even DiMarco... there was Jay.
    Untrustworthy (at first)...
    Kinda skeevy in a hot way...
    Resourceful if not academically successful...
    And frankly kind of a d-bag for a couple years there and did some messed up stuff that we have decided to pretend never happened because we like Mike Lobel...

    And also because he was: Funny...
    Occasionally responsible...
    Good with cars...
    A decent friend... sometimes... eventually...
    And a big ol' softie when it came down to it.

    Tell us in the comments, what do YOU love about Jay?

    If you had to choose between Jay and waffles with ice cream, which would you choose?

    How many Jays would it take to screw in a lightbulb?

    If a Jay fell in the woods and there was no one there to hear, would he make out with me?

    Remember that time I told Mike Lobel I loved him and he was cool about it because he's so nice?

    What would you wear on your first date with Jay?

    What's your favorite color shirt for Jay to wear?

    Remember how saucy he was in the "On the Set" video from Degrassi Goes Hollywood?

    How many times do you want to watch "Redemption Song" (the one where Jay goes to Bible camp) right now?

    Is JayDay weirding you out? It's ok. You can just close your eyes and pretend it's not happening while the rest of us dance around the Jay fire in coveralls and practice our fancy British accents and our knowing smirks.

    OH LOOK! Here are way too many pictures of Jay!

    Jay Hogart and Emma Nelson, in nature
    Jay Hogart and Emma Nelson, in nature.

    Jay Hogart, about to melt the lockers with his hotness
    Jay Hogart (or is that Mike Lobel?), about to melt the lockers with his hotness.

    Mike Lobel and Cassie Steele, BFF
    Mike Lobel, ruining a camera's life because it will never take a picture that hot again (left) and with BFF Cassie Steele (right).

    Jay Hogart with Manny and Alex
    Jay Hogart and his lucky leading ladies

    Jay Hogart, Emma, Ellie, and the car.
    Did we mention he's good with cars?

    Jay Hogart alone, and with JT's body
    Jay Hogart, in one of the most oft-cited "most intense moments" of Degrassi

  • Spring-y Quizzes!

    Posted on 04/26/2011 by Mary

    Did you see all the Spring Quizzes we have? (Click here for them if you haven't!

    I'm a baby panda (YES!):

    Which Baby Animal Are You TeenNick Quiz B aby Panda badge
    YES! I am totally a Baby Panda

    And my slow dance song is Taylor Swift's "Our Song":

    What's Your Slow Dance Song TeenNick Quiz
    Taylor Swift's "Our Song" is MY song!

    And now I'm gonna go take the rest of the quizzes...

    What did you get?

  • R.I.P. Morty

    Posted on 04/25/2011 by Mary

    Oh Morty.

    You probably smelled weird, guzzled way too much gas, and your repairs were no doubt frequent, costly, and time-consuming -- not to mention the whole "eugh" factor of your uh, former job...

    But you were a goodly little (big) hearse, and we will miss your presence on Degrassi.

    Fare thee well, old friend (and I do mean OLD), as you join all those other dearly departed whom you used to ferry to their final resting places.

    RIP, Degrassi's Morty
    Morty, Clare, and Eli, in happier times, on Degrassi

    Please add any words of remembrance you'd like to share in the comments.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Coming to TeenNick!

    Posted on 04/23/2011 by Mary

    Next month, Buffy hits TeenNick.

    Either that sentence gave you heart palpitations of super-stokedness (as it did for me and Lisa), or you are one of the luckiest people on Earth... because you're about to discover one of the best TV shows.


    BTVS is coming to TeenNick in May
    BTVS is coming to TeenNick in May

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi

    Posted on 04/22/2011 by Lisa

    Here's a list of the songs from Drop the World, pt. 2:

    Digital Daggers music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Head Over Heels" by Digital Daggers
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.

    "Shake Suga Shake" by Codi Jordan

    "Running" by The Jefferson

    "Ignite" by Ali Pierre

    "Stupid Boy" by Lisha Cash

    "A Little Bit (reloaded)" by Alexz Johnson

    "Big Love" by Parlovr

    "Don't Be Deceived" by Philip LaRue

  • Degrassi: Drop the World, pt. 2 - Let's break it down.

    Posted on 04/22/2011 by Mary

    SPOILAGE BELOW. Click here to watch the full "Drop the World, pt. 2" episode before reading any further!

    Clare reacts to Eli on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Drop the World pt. 2
    Clare reacts to Eli on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Drop the World pt. 2

    1) Well... those of us lucky enough not to get the finale spoiled for us sure did get a scare tonight... what did you think??

    2) I know some people were feeling kind of anti-Clare because of her pulling away from Eli... but you've gotta admit, staying with someone out of fear for how they'll handle it probably is a horrible basis for a relationship. Given how unstable Eli was in these last two episodes... do you think Clare Clare really could have stayed with him?

    3) I have to admit I kind of didn't get why Anya was so insistent that Holly J needed to know about Fiona's crush on her. Obviously spilling the beans behind her back was not the best Friend Move ever, but... do you think Anya was right that Holly J needed to know about the crush?

    4) How would you handle it (or have you handled it) if someone whom you loved as a friend -- but whom you could never be romantically interested in -- had a crush on you?

    5) You know, for some reason it only dawned on me in this episode, as I was wondering why Bianca was at the "bachelor party" -- Bianca has zero female friends. Unless those other girls in the background of the scene were friends of hers. I know some girls just prefer guys as friends... would you be comfortable at a party where you were the only girl/guy?

    6) Eeeeee Degrassi's coming back this summer! High five!

  • Show Us Your Degrassi!

    Posted on 04/21/2011 by Mary

    Degrassi Spirit Week

    We asked you to Show Us Your Degrassi... check out some of the Degrassi-tastic stuff you sent in!

    journeySinger made an entire Degrassi: Whatever It Takes board game, SO EPIC! It starts at Degrassi and ends at Toronto U, and you collect "plot lines" along the way, and, "There's a spot on the board for a Coyne toss. Get it?" (And the coin is a Canadian penny!) Check journeySinger's profile for more pictures!
    I<3degrassi &eli clare synthesized the current state of all of the Degrassi love quadrangles and pentagons into this handy schematic. So convenient!
    Our very own quizzer and blogger Lisa made a pair of crafty Degrassi shoes.
    Nee is a prolific Show Us Your Degrassi-er... on her profile, there are sketches of many Degrassi characters plus two different collages on her walls (next to all her Harry Potter stuff, but of course).
    ClocheDoux made this "Incarnations of Degrassi" graphic, drawing the parallels between season 3 and season 10 characters. So much to discuss here... such as Craig being currently incarnated as Fiona and Eli! And Paige being a little bit Bianca, a little bit Holly J. I'm sure there's much for fans to debate here...
    And alyx_withay drew this portrait of Wesley / Spencer Van Wyck looking ever so wide-eyed and sweet, like Wesley always does.
  • Degrassi Interview: Munro Chambers (Eli)!

    Posted on 04/20/2011 by Mary

    (If you can't see the video above these words, click here to watch.

    Here, write this on your hand before your next first date... priceless dating advice from Munro Chambers:
    Wear deodorant.
    Brush teeth.
    Don't be creep.

    Have you anything to add to the list?