- Chewing Gum
- TV Rating: *
- October 2015
So E4 have re-commissioned a second series of Michaela Coel’s ‘Chewing Gum’. What were they thinking? Normally I would be pleased for a new young writer being commissioned for a second series. Heck, I’ve been campaigning for this for some time now. However I would never just give my backing to any show and Chewing Gum does not have my support and quite frankly it beggars belief that it got aired in the first place, never mind re-commissioned.
It was crass, vulgar and an insult to Christians, young women and various other groups. Its aimed at a far younger demographic than mine, around the late teens, 20 something’s, with a focus on the sexually naive Tracey Gordon, 24, played by Michaela Coel, 27. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with, or original about coming of age stories, the messages it gave to the young and impressionable were socially, emotional and spiritually inappropriate.
Episode one saw Tracey Gordon’s introduction to sex through talking to her streetwise friend Candice (Danielle Isaie) and later desperately aiming to shed her virginity. Episode two showed that the man who had rebuffed her advances – on what were said to be deeply Christian values of no sex before marriage (it would have been unique, amusing and uplifting to focus on this for a change) – turned out to be nothing of the sort, as this episode revealed him to be gay. They also showed disrespectful, blasphemous images of Jesus Christ, which were shocking and in manner I doubt E4 would have dared do of the Prophet Muhammad. Clearly E4 seemed to feel no way about allowing Jesus Christ to be mocked.
Coel’s acting came across as quite wooden, but what’s also really concerning though is how much of the mainstream media have fawned all over Michaela Cole since the show came out and got re-commissioned. She even got a spot on the Jonathan Ross Show last December!! For someone so new to the industry that’s nothing short of remarkable and whilst many will feel pleased for this young writer/actor’s success, it is not possible for me to delight in the way in which she has achieved this by choosing to deride the Christian faith she was once so “militant” about. How has this happened?
Chewing gum normally leaves a fresh taste in your mouth. Regretfully this Chewing Gum had a really nasty smell to it.
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