It’s a truth universally acknowledged that High School Musical is the greatest TV movie trilogy ever to be made. But now a new fan theory has blown everything we thought we knew about the beloved Disney musical franchise out the water: Sharpay was actually a victim during High School Musical, and when you see the evidence you’ll totally agree.
Last year saw the 10-year anniversary of Disney Channel’s High School Musical, the movie that broke the careers of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale to name but a few. And while there have been a few reunions to celebrate this iconic film, some of the movie’s stars look upon their time with varying degrees of fondness.
But what if the heroes of High School Musical weren’t really Troy and Gabriella? What if, actually, Troy and Gabriella were the villains of an untold story?
Well, one Twitter user has set out to expose the truth about one of the movie trilogy’s most misunderstood characters: the fabulous Sharpay Evans.
The Twitter account, appropriately named @SHARPAYSAVICTIM, has a bio that reads, “Sharpay was the real victim of High School Musical and that’s what I fight for,” and in a lengthy and incredible thread, it debunks each movie of the musical trilogy, showcasing exactly where Sharpay was robbed of her dignity and her chance to shine.
As @SHARPAYSAVICTIM points out, both Shapay and Ryan, her brother, have been performing since they were in preschool and know a thing or two about this business that we call show. Troy and Gabriella, on the other hand, know nothing. In the first movie, it seems that Sharpay is being bitchy when she says that Troy and Gabriella would only make supporting roles in the spring musical. However, given the pair’s limited experience with performing, should they expect any more than that?
The thread goes on to detail how, in the first movie, once the day for the auditions is changed, Troy and Gabriella break the law by hacking into the school’s system so they can attend the audition.
The thread continues, suggesting that the moral of the story is actually that being popular serves you more than dedicating your life and time to something, like Sharpay and Ryan have to performing. They even point out that Sharpay is gracious, even though she lost out on the lead role in the musical (something she does again and again and again).
This victimizing continues into the second movie, in which, again, Sharpay is sidelined by Troy and Gabriella at her OWN COUNTRY CLUB (where she actually got everyone jobs and tried to help Troy with his future). It reaches a climax in the final movie, which sees songwriter Kelsi getting the scholarship that Sharpay had worked so hard for.
In the end, Ashley Tisdale decided to return to the franchise for Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, which saw the character finally achieve her dream of ending up on Broadway.
The thread has since gone viral, being shared nearly 60,000 times on Twitter, with Ashley Tisdale herself even responding to it.
Tbh, while the whole thread is pretty long, the tl;dr is that Sharpay worked super hard for her dreams and, yes, there were some moments when she could have been nicer, but ultimately she was left at the end of the original trilogy having lost out on everything she’d dreamed of.
Finally, thanks you the new #Justice4Sharpay movement, the character is finally getting the vindication, respect, and recognition she deserves.