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‘The Chi’ creator Lena Waithe is speaking out about her new show about open marriages.
“Society has such a conservative way of looking at marriage,” says Waithe to THR.
“I’ve never been in an open marriage, but it’s fascinating to me,” Waithe continues. “We live in a world where, if I told you I cheated on my wife, you would be like, “Yeah, that’s the way it goes.” But if I told you that I’m in an open marriage, it would be as if I told you I’m joining the Church of Scientology.”
Waithe has already written the pilot episode, and once completed, the show will premiere on Amazon.
“Society has such a conservative way of looking at marriage,” Waithe says of Open. “I do think that we as a nation need to reevaluate what marriage looks like for us as a country — because whatever we have right now, it ain’t working.”
The series will be her first since ‘Twenties,” which she penned while she was in her twenties (hence the title.)
“I’m in the process of trying to get it going, so stay tuned. Hopefully this episode will help this network be like, “Okay, let’s give this girl a show.” I don’t know if I necessarily want to be in it, but I wrote these, and people all over town were reading both scripts together and were like, “Who is this unicorn?
“She wrote this half-hour, light but very emotional thing about these three Black girls in L.A. in their 20s, and this hour-long drama about five black men on the Southside of Chicago? My goal is to get both on the air. We got one down, so I’m trying to get the other one going,” she said back in 2018 before the show was aired.