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At the time of writing, Heartbreak High (2022) is one of the most streamed TV shows in the world, with the rest of the world finally getting a good look at how Australians talk when we’re not flattering them. United States.
Sharing a name and a universe with the long-running 1990s original, the new Heartbreak High continues the spirit of the original with a multicultural cast, a passion for teenage promiscuity and the insistence that no any suburb of Sydney could have such a wide variety of cultures and socio-economic status.
However, one tradition they didn’t uphold is brow rings for the dudes, as the new version skips all eight episodes 100% without eyebrow piercings.
Throughout the 270 episodes of the original Heartbreak High, 111 featured Callan Mulvey as the not-so-stereotypical Yugoslav heartbeat Bogdan Drazic.
Rocking a then-appropriate eyebrow ring, Drazic was the cause of many direct wake-up calls among impressionable young Australian women who were just learning they might like the weird bad boy once in a while.
Until the recent series debuted on Netflix, the lingering memory of Drazic’s eyebrow piercing was all that kept Heartbreak High from descending into obscurity with the frankly shocking rotation of Drazic’s shell necklace we’d rather honestly not talking.
While the creators of the new series should be commended for their portrayal of the stigma affecting queer, Indigenous, autistic and mentally ill people, they missed a great opportunity to introduce eyebrow piercings to a whole new generation.