Rowan Blanchard won’t be using the popular hashtag #SquadGoals anytime soon.
The Girl Meets World actress told Just Jared Jr. she’s against using the terms “Girl Squad” or “Squad Goals” because she thinks they make feminism look “one-dimensional.”
“Sisterhood is something so valid and important when you are growing up that I literally think the essence of it should be taught in schools,” said Rowan. “But, the ‘squads’ we see in the media are very polarizing. Feminism and friendship are supposed to be inclusive, and most of these ‘squads’ are strictly exclusive.”
She continued, “It makes feminism look very one dimensional. Feminism is so multilayered and complex that it can be frustrating when the media and the celebrities involved in it make feminism and “squads” feel like this very happy, exclusive, perfect thing. There’s so much more than that. ‘Squad goals’ can polarize anyone who is not white, thin, tall and always happy.“
However, Gigi Hadid, a member of Taylor Swift’s squad says the term “Squad Goals” is more about supporting those around you.
“We talk about [female empowerment] a lot; it’s a conversation we often have,” Gigi told Elle Canada of her and Taylor’s friends. “We want to be the generation and the group of friends known for supporting each other. ‘Squad Goals’ is a big social media thing right now, and that’s what we want to inspire in other groups of friends — to be proud of the power you all have when you’re together, which can be amplified so much by each person. That’s what has been cool about everyone’s willingness to be there for each other.”