This past week has been a real rollercoaster of emotions for two fanbases: The Friends fanbase and the High School Musical fanbase. And those fanbases certainly overlap, because you won't find many people who don't love both Friends and HSM. If you do find that person, just call them a monster and cut them from your life.
But we digress.
Wednesday is the 10 year anniversary of the original High School Musical and the whole cast is getting together to look back on its legacy. Isn't that great?! Except, Zac Efron, aka Troy Bolton, won't be there.
And on Feb. 21, the entire Friends cast will be together to take part in a new special honoring legendary sitcom director James Burrows. Isn't that great?! Except, Matthew Perry, aka Chandler Bing, won't be there.
Efron only did a taped message for the HSM reunion on Good Morning America, and he's reportedly doing the same for the big Disney Channel special airing on Wednesday night. As for Perry, he is in London rehearsing for his play, The End of Longing, and like Efron, can only do a pre-taped segment for the Friends reunion.
Basically, it's a bummer all around and the Internet has lots and lots and lots of feelings about Troy missing out on a HSM reunion and Chandler skipping a Friends celebration. Spoiler alert: none of these feelings are good:
"matthew perry won't be at the friends reunion" "zac efron misses the high school musical reunion" pic.twitter.com/h4o4VDgsbE— mr. bing (@yaschandler) January 19, 2016
Matthew Perry: "Why don't we screw everything over and not go to our reunions in 2016" Zac Efron: "good idea" pic.twitter.com/VHQD61BgtE— Nati (@natixrodriguez) January 18, 2016
Matthew Perry won't be at the Friends reunion and Zac Efron wasn't at the HSM reunion pic.twitter.com/SlXPebdRhT— Martina (@SkipsSteroids) January 18, 2016
"no zac efron at the hsm reunion" "no matthew perry at friends reunion" me: pic.twitter.com/b4ywSPapuu— lauren (@darksocietyafi) January 17, 2016
the 17 again reunion ruiner squad pic.twitter.com/H6Wzet5DVN— Santa Claus (@1DAFSanta) January 17, 2016
"Matthew perry isn't gonna be in the friends reunion" "Zac efron isn't gonna be in the hsm reunion" pic.twitter.com/cMy7yGm6ec— khrïs,,,,2 (@cruisernjh) January 18, 2016
@ matthew perry & zac efron when it comes to skipping their reunions which they probably owe their success to pic.twitter.com/rZv0sliOOw— Lease a Dough (@lisa_dooo) January 17, 2016
in loving memory of zac efron and matthew perry, they aint dead but they are to me pic.twitter.com/fjxhYJ2V2p— cindy (@wtmlynch) January 18, 2016
Matthew Perry and Zac Efron must have made a pact on the set of 17 again to break the nation's hearts.— Dem (@demihylands) January 17, 2016
Matthew Perry is ruining the Friends reunion & Zac Efron is ruining the HSM reunion. They're the same person:( pic.twitter.com/BZ1w8rgNU3— mia (@emelliamia) January 18, 2016
Zac Efron and Matthew Perry ruined 2016— bella (@BellaAshlynn) January 17, 2016
"how to ruin a reunion" - a novel by matthew perry and zac efron 2016— Jack Edwards (@jackbenedwards) January 17, 2016
Not only do people have lots of emotions about Reuniongate, but they also have some theories about it. Actually, just one theory. And the theory is that there is a very specific reason why Zac and Matt are both missing their reunions...
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Because they are off filming a sequel or reunion special for 17 Again! Duh.
what if Matthew Perry & Zac Efron aren't going to the reunions cus they're secretly filming the sequel to '17 Again'— ㅤ (@ClNEMAH) January 18, 2016
plot twist: both zac efron and matthew perry are having 17 again reunion so that's why they can't attend friends&hsm pic.twitter.com/1L3bSZPvin— maria ,, (@17blackstyIes) January 17, 2016
Matthew Perry and Zac Efron better be making a 17 Again 2 since they aren't attending important reunions— Louis îš life (@Imgayforlouis) January 18, 2016
Honestly, we are so into that idea. We'd watch the s--t out of a 17 Again sequel.
So basically, the only reason we would accept that Zac and Matthew are missing their respective reunions—and when we say "accept" we mean "just barely allow to happen," is if they are indeed off filming a secretive 17 Again sequel. If that theory is true, then we have some ideas for the sequel title. You're welcome, Matt and Zac:
17 Again Again
2 17 2 Furious
17 One More Time
17 Again: The Puberty Awakens
17 Again: The Zefron Returns
17 Again: So No One Told You Like Was Gonna Be This Way
40 Again (Zac Efron in Matt Perry's body)
2 17 2 Again
17 Again: Why Do You Guys Hate Cast Reunions?!
Sorry, guys. The only way to get back into the Internet's good graces is to make a followup to 17 Again. Until then, you are shunned. Good luck.