Obsession Confession

Kevin Smith – Obsession Confession



I used to
work at this convenience store, and on Sunday mornings the only thing that
kept me from gutting the customers in a sleepy rage was Degrassi Junior
High

See, I had to put
the papers together, and I did it while watching double episodes of
Degrassi on PBS – which might explain to the gentry of Leonardo,
New Jersey, why they so often had to return to the store for missing
sections of the paper.
The far superior
precursor to the Stateside Beverly Hills 90210 (sorry Shannen)
revolved around a high school in Toronto, where a mixed bag of ethnicities
dealt with teen sex, child molestation, wet dreams, abortion, animal
testing, divorce, braces, and bras – always intelligently, and never in a
condescending fashion.
I’ve often tried
to figure out why I liked it so much. I thought it might have been due to
all the teenage girls with pert breasts and cute accents (“what are you
talking aboot?” was a fave-rave thing for some time), but in the end, I
think it had something to do with high school in general, a time that –
until Clerks took off – I assumed were the the best years of my
life. The show calls to mind an era when one’s largest crises were
wondering when you were finally going to get to third with a girl, or the
possibility of a shitty grade in gym.
And any program
that helps you forget you’re jockeying a register – even for an hour – has
to be brilliant TV.

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Kevin’s article in the
Details SEX issue

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