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Drake in a Wheelchair for ‘Degrassi’ Was Pivotal Representation, Org Says

INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Drake performs on the Coachella stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Drake’s “Wheelchair Jimmy” was a pivotal representation, Madeline Robinson, executive director of Wheelchair 4 Kids tells TMZ. 

Drake portrayed a student who had gotten shot and was paralyzed then restricted to a wheelchair. Robinson says Drake’s character made kids in wheelchairs “cool” and brought “much-needed representation.”

Drake, however, didn’t like his character’s restrictions. One of the writers from Degrassi recently said Drake threatened to quit and demanded his storyline be rewritten because he felt being in a wheelchair made him look “soft.”

Later Drake felt an appreciation for his character, the writer noted, “he agreed that his character being in a wheelchair was a powerful moment on TV.”

If Drake was to get back into television what type of character should he play?


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