Chewing Gum is a new Netflix Original series, created and starring the beautiful and talented Michaela Coel. Michaela Coel is a British poet, screenwriter, award winning actress and playwright. Chewing Gum is adapted from her play Chewing Gum Dreams. Chewing Gum, the adapted TV show is a hilarious British comedy about Tracey (Coel) who is brought up in a religious household, that discourages anything from using tampons, (because only whores use tampons) not going to parties and of course no sex before marriage. Tracey has been in a courtship with her boyfriend for six years, meaning at 24 years old, she’s horny as f@ck! This series goes through comical scenes of Tracey navigating through the sexual world that she has no idea about, but with help from her friends, she must navigate through the awkwardness to get there.
This comedy stuck out to me, because it shows the importance about not just keeping the faith, but being sexually educated and being comfortable with yourself. Michaela Coel is extraordinary at portraying the obstacles of being a naive awkward Black girl trying to understand love and sexual desire. Within season two, you get even more of this, touching bases on loving yourself, growing self-esteem, the importance of not settling with fuckboys with fetishes, knowing that incest is wrong! (DUH) making up with your best friend, and learning to get over anxieties and accepting your true potential. The series includes, Robert London, Danielle Walters, John Macmillan, Shola Adewusi, Kadiff Kirwan and the wonderful Susan Wokoma (who as her own show as well, Crazyheads, which I’m also obsessed about).
Words by Tesia Pennie