Ruined. Everything is just plain ruined. Disney Channel’s got some insane theories surrounding some of its most prominent TV shows (Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, even Phineas & Ferb!), but we had no idea there were a bunch of conspiracy theories circling its DCOMs, too. High School Musical alone has at least five! And they’re gonna blow. Your. Mind.
1. High School Musical is actually a high school musical. Not only does the name of the series stress the point of this theory, but there’s ample evidence within the three films to suggest that Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and co. are professional actors portraying students in a musical about auditioning for a musical. (A bit of Inception, if you will.) “Towards the end of High School Musical 3, we see the main cast walking towards the camera until they stand on a stage. Curtains fall behind them as they bow to the audience, and the series ends as more curtains close. While the saying of goodbyes can be dismissed as a gesture towards fans, I think it hints to the true story of the movie series. Everything in the three movies is only a musical. This explains the perfectly choreographed dance sequences when they randomly sings songs, the ending scene and the very fictitious story.” WHA-?!
2. Chad has an obsession with Troy. There’s a difference between a bromance and an unhealthy, one-sided fascination. One theorist believes Corbin Bleu‘s on-screen counterpart suffers from the latter. “I always had this theory about High School Musical that Chad was (secretly) gay and obsessed with Troy. It explains half of the stuff that happens far better. Like Chad’s obsession to split Troy and Gabriella up in the first movie, his shirt-swapping-and-hotdog-eating with Ryan in the second and then his total freakout when he finds out Troy isn’t going to university with him in the third.”
3. Going off that theory, there’s another that implies Chad and Ryan have a little something-something going on, too.
After the above photo set made its way onto Tumblr, one user pointed out:
4. The entire franchise is about a socialist revolution. Upon first glance, you may think HSM is all sweet and innocent (apart from Sharpay’s moments of wrath); upon second viewing, maybe more of the same; after a deep dig, though, you realize it’s actually about “the overthrowing of an oppressive system.” One writer breaks it down: “Our heroic characters are two youngsters who have been brought up in various systems which are designed to hold them in their positions… However, both of them want to ‘Break Free’ from these restraints and take ownership of their own destiny… Rhe revolution (like Troy and Gabriella’s love) is inevitable and cannot be stopped. Eventually, over time and through a change of attitude, the basketball team and intelligentsia agree to combine efforts to help Troy and Gabriella ‘break free’ from their class bonds and dominate the drama club…” And so on and so forth.
5. High School Musical is basically The Purge. “High School Musical is set in an alternate history without laws. That is, a world where crime doesn’t exist as we see it. A world where you can murder, steal, and destroy without any legal repercussions.” Remember when the students trash their school out of pure joy for summer vacation? RUDE. More evidence here.
Where Are They Now? The Cast of High School Musical