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GLAAD Media Awards Nominate Chucky for Queer Inclusivity

Chucky, the television continuation of the Child’s Play franchise, has been nominated for “Outstanding New TV Series” for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. For it shows “fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.” Chucky and the other nominees were announced on Wednesday, January 19.

“Media can create positive change and this year’s nominees represent powerful projects, stories, and creators that positively shifted culture and enlightened audiences with new and impactful LGBTQ stories,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “There are more nominees this year than ever before, highlighting a growing landscape of LGBTQ visibility, and serving as a reminder to the critical role that film, television, music, journalism, and other forms of media can play in growing LGBTQ acceptance in the face of ongoing attacks against our community.”

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The show stars Zackary Arthur as Jake Wheeler, a gay teen, and artist residing in Hackensack, New Jersey. He ends up dealing with several Good Guy dolls that have been possessed by serial killer Charles “Chucky” Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). The character of Jake is, in fact, based on the life of the show’s creator, the openly gay Don Mancini. Mancini wrote all of the Child’s Play films before eventually taking over as the director for Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky, and ultimately creating the tv show.

The Child’s Play franchise has long since been LGBTQ-friendly. Queer icon Jennifer Tilly also appears in the sizable role of Chucky’s lover and accomplish Tiffany Valentine. There’s also the lead character of Seed of Chucky is Glen (Billy Boyd), Chucky’s gender-fluid progeny, named in reference to the Ed Wood film Glen and Glenda. They’ve yet to appear on the show unless certain fan theories are correct. Still, Mancini has strongly indicated that they will be making a reappearance somewhere along the line in the future.

“After decades of LGBTQ characters being excluded, sidelined, or misrepresented on television, it is incredibly powerful to see how many series introduced fresh, impactful, and fully developed LGBTQ characters and storylines in their first season, many of which were some of the most beloved shows of the year,” Ellis also said in a statement. “The introduction of the Outstanding New TV Series category recognizes the shows and creators getting LGBTQ inclusion right from the beginning, and encourages other showrunners to include LGBTQ characters and stories that enlighten and entertain in new projects.”

Chucky isn’t the only horror-related property to have been given a nomination by GLAAD this year. Showtime’s Yellowjackets, a show that blends horror with several other genres, has also been nominated in the same category. Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy has also been nominated for “Outstanding TV Movie.”

“The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, which fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance, will be held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2022 and in New York at the Hilton Midtown on Friday, May 6, 2022.” The information in this article is brought to you courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.


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