FX’s ‘Chozen’ Brings an Openly Gay Ex-con To the Rap Game
I doubt anyone is questioning the statement, Chozen is “the world’s first gay, white, animated rapper.” Archer creator Adam Reed paired with HBO’s Eastbound and Down creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill, have collaborated on a new animated series named after it’s main character, Chozen. The show premieres on FX January 16th, but is TV ready for the loud mouthed openly gay rapper?
If you’ve seen an episode of Archer then you might know to expect from Chozen; witty dialogue, raunchy humor and outrageous plot lines. However, Chozen seems to take things a step further, working with subjects like homosexuality and it’s interaction with modern hip-hop culture. The results could be interesting to say the least.
The plot revolves around the main character Chozen, voiced by SNL’s Bobby Moynihan. Chozen’s rap career takes a dive when he is thrown in jail after he is framed for a crime. But being locked up sparks a change in Chozen. Once released on parole, he begins his mission to reclaim his spotlight in the rap game.
Expect plenty of lewd humor along the way. In the red band trailer sitting just under 2 minutes, there are already references to jail rape, anal sex, drugs, alcohol and violence.
While Chozen may offend some with it’s humor, it should get credit for bringing together two cultures usually at ends with oneanother. It could be a difficult task to write a show centered around a heated topic such as homosexuality and a community as brash as modern hip-hop. If the show’s cast is any indication, Chozen is aiming for a diverse audience, featured voice actors include Nick Swardson(Terry from Reno 911!), Kathryn Hahn (Katherine Lavoyt from Girls), and even rap artist Method Man. Chozen should conjure up some laughs especially with McBride and Reed behind the scenes. Hopefully the show will get audiences laughing for the right reasons.
Obviously the show’s main intention is to entertain but it also provides a social commentary. Chozen seems to rely heavily on the fact that the main character is gay and hopefully the meat of the series won’t be exploiting the gay community for laughs. After looking deeper into Chozen the series seems more interested in mocking modern hip-hop.
For instance, much of rap music today is filled with misogyny, sex and violence. One of the promo videos for Chozen is a mock music video aptly titled “Murder Sex.” which is a hilarious parody of a modern rap song. Replace “X” rapper with Chozen. Instead of babes in bikinis, its men in speedos and bear masks.The concept is as goofy as it is “fearless” but Chozen will still have to prove whether or not it will have enough substance to back up its bold statement.
It’s yet to be seen if going against the mainstream portrayal of gay men while making a parody of modern day hip-hop can succeed. It could give the Gay community and Hip-Hop culture something in common; something to laugh at. This brave new series walks a fine line, but could it end up alienating audiences by being too abrasive. However, Chozen could be liberating because of its disregard to mainstream gay stereotypes.
We’ll have to wait till the show premieres Jan. 16th, until then, I’m hoping for the best
Hey I’m Joe. I’m an intern at RVA Mag and GayRva for the spring 2014 session. I’m currently enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University in the creative advertising program. My goals for my career are simple; job satisfaction. I want to be part of work that I can feel good about. I’ve lived in Virginia my entire life and have been living in richmond for about 3 years. I’d consider myself a media junkie. Whether I’m sitting in a bookstore with a pile of magazines or scouring the internet, I’m always looking for something to spark my interest.
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