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'Girl Meets World' got canceled. This letter is worth reading even if you didn't watch.

"I am above all humbled to know I belong to such an extraordinary generation."

This week, the Disney Channel announced that after three seasons, "Girl Meets World" would be coming to an end.

The "Boy Meets World" spin-off lasted 70 episodes, following the story of Riley Matthews (played by Rowan Blanchard), the daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews (played by Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, respectively), who were the stars of "Boy Meets World," which ran from 1993 to 2000 on ABC.

Blanchard, 15, has made her share of news for what she's done offscreen — and for good reason.

In January 2016, Blanchard shared a powerful essay about how she "quit apologizing for existing" at Rookie magazine. In the summer of 2015, she shared a post on the importance of intersectional feminism on her Tumblr page. She's also spoken out on gender equality at the United Nations and eschewed social expectations when she came out publicly as queer.


Blanchard speaks during Glamour's "A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls' Education" in October 2016 in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Glamour.

Blanchard's emotional farewell to "Girl Meets World" is so powerful partly because of the commitment she's made to change the world at such a young age.

On her Twitter account, Blanchard shared her thoughts on the show's cancellation:

What's most notable, however, is her message to teens and young people everywhere:

"Teens determine and influence all of this in general, and I hope and think our show reflects you for how you are: brave, opinionated, audacious, devoted, dynamic, loving, nurturing, and powerful. ... I will continue to fight to not be talked down to by the shows, books, and movies, that are aimed towards us. I am sorry that this channel is just not able to understand that (don’t think for a moment this happened because of you.) But I know what we are capable of. I know very well what we did. I am above all humbled to know I belong to such an extraordinary generation. What an honor."

In other words, she implored her fans: You're never too young, never too small to help create a better world.

Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images.

Blanchard and fellow actress Yara Shahidi of ABC's "Black-ish" recently guest-edited Teen Vogue's December issue about activism and representation.

"My need to be an activist came very much from a need to understand history, and how things that happened before have influenced what’s happening now," Blanchard explained.

"To me, activism is a need to know, a need to explain, and a need to help."

Shahidi and Blanchard. Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Vanity Fair.

While it's sad to hear about the cancellation of "Girl Meets World," we have that show to thank for bringing the powerhouse that is Rowan Blanchard into so many of our lives.

"Girl Meets World" tackled some tough topics during its run, with episodes focusing on things like cultural appropriation, autism, and Asperger's. That's pretty cool, and definitely something we need more of in TV.

Luckily for us, we haven't seen anywhere near the last of her. She's set to appear in Ava DuVernay's upcoming film "A Wrinkle in Time" alongside Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and others. This positive role model for young people is here to stay, and we couldn't be happier.

Blanchard attends the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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