Radically different in tone, both are comedies about working Black women trying to get ahead in life while searching for the kind of mythic sexual satisfaction championed by their idols in ratchet hip-hop.
In the premiere of Chewing Gum, Tracey (Coel), raised fundamentalist and still a virgin at 24, asks her best friend to give her a makeover “like Beyoncé’” to convince her deeply religious (and just as deeply closeted) fiancé to finally have sex with her.
"As a result, Logitech strategically left customers without operable security systems during the warranty period while it ran out the clock," the complaint reads.
Black feminist scholarship eventually worked to flip the binary on its head: Instead of asking if Black women could still be feminist while extolling sex, they asked, whose feminist cause is advanced when Black women’s sexual freedom is policed under respectability?
This conversation has recently been re-energized and explored with brilliant dynamism by HBO’s Insecure, written by and starring Issa Rae, and Netflix’s U. comedy Chewing Gum, written by and starring Michaela Coel.
Lapis and Peridot will be discussed as specifically Asian-coding. East Asians, white women, and Black men are not a replacement for good Black women writers.
Steven Universe has NO Black women writers, despite having so many Black and Black-coding women characters, and that is likely a good start for the explanation of why they have repeatedly, since the start of the series, failed to properly represent Black women.