Chucky is back…and this time around he’s a proud ally of the LGBTQI community…
Many of us recalled being terrorised by the devilish doll, but times have changed and so is our awareness and acceptance of the world we live in.
CHUCKY: ‘I’M NOT A MONSTER‘
Chucky, the TV series – which debuts on Showmax on 27 October, in time for Halloween – tells the tale of how he ends up in the hands of a teenage boy called Jake, who is struggling with his own sexuality.
The doll continues his killing spree but not before bonding with his new owner. After reading Jake’s diary, Chucky reveals he has a “queer kid” called Glen/Glenda, who identifies as non-binary.
“And you’re cool with it?” Jake asks. To which the doll responds: “I’m not a monster, Jake.”
Glen/Glenda first made their screen appearance in the 2004 horror comedy Seed of Chucky where they expressed their confusion over their identity.
“Sometimes I feel like a boy. Sometimes I feel like a girl. Can I be both?” the character infamously said.
CREATING A ‘SPACE OF REPRESENTATION’
Meanwhile Chucky’s creator Don Mancini – who is openly gay – revealed his intention behind the queer storyline.
He told The Advocate: “I just have tried to go further with it with each movie and create a space of representation in this genre in a major studio product that really has a broad reach around the world.
He also reveals that the TV series incorporates several references to his own childhood.
“This show is probably the most personal thing that I’ve done in terms of the story itself. The protagonist is a 14-year-old gay boy who’s dealing with a lot of issues that I dealt with as a 14-year-old gay boy back in the late ’70s.
“This show uses Chucky as a metaphor for bullying, the culture of bullying that, unfortunately, still is present in today’s youth.”