The success of the FX TV series Archer proved that there is a market for an adult animated cartoon series on prime-time cable television. Chozen, FX's new animated series, premiered on January 13, immediately after Archer.
Created by Grant Dekernion, Chozen is described by FX as:
"...an animated comedy about a gay white [and bearish] rapper fresh out of prison. Armed with a new message, Chozen [which is also the name of the main character] is on a quest for redemption and to claim his rightful position as the world's top rap artist. His music and lyrics take aim at the stereotypes of machismo and misogyny that is synonymous with rap music. And his new world view has been shaped by his time in prison."
Voiced by Bobby Moynihan of Saturday Night Live fame, Chozen is not the kind of guy you would take home to mother. He is not gay in the political sense of the word. Though not on the down-low, Chozen is an MSM - a man who has sex with men - who does not identify himself as gay and who is not a part of the LGBT community. His homosexuality was shaped by his years in prison: it is brutal and violent, and with well-defined sex roles.
Chozen is definitely a top, and he treats other dudes the same way that some straight rappers treat women. Chozen says what he means and means what he says. He is lewd, crude, and often violent.
But he is a welcome change from the respectable, responsible, distinguished gay men who usually represent our kind on TV. He even looks different from the norm: He is big and bold and intends to stay that way.