One of the things we like so much about the CW’s Riverdale is how queer it is. (Even though, sadly, Jughead’s asexuality doesn’t seem to be a thing in the TV universe.) There’s Archie’s gay pal Kevin Keller — who even went cruising in an episode. There’s also the new character Toni Topaz, who’s bi. We’ve finally met Chic Cooper — though we’re not sure yet if he’s queer or just gay-for-pay. And now, someone else joins the queer ranks — Cheryl Blossom, who’s bi. (Though we’re not sure what Cheryl Blossom bisexual storylines are in store yet.)
In a video posted this week by Cheryl Blossom’s actress Madelaine Petsch, Cheryl’s bisexuality is confirmed. She answers fan questions. Most are either light (Madelaine prefers lemon in drinks, lime on food) or sidestepped (like whether or not the Cheryl-stalks-Josie storyline has been abandoned). However, she gave a straight answer (pun intended) when asked about Cheryl’s sexuality.
Petsch said, “She’s still figuring out what her sexuality is. Cheryl is definitely interested in both women and men, so I would say she’s bisexual. I think you’re going to see a lot more of her figuring out who she is.”
While it’s from the actress’ point of view, we’re hoping it’s canon. And we got a little bit of a (potential) confirmation in this tweet sent out by Riverdale executive producer and show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa:
And meanwhile, back in town… pic.twitter.com/Syb7QbkuzQ
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 1, 2018
While it might not look like much, our friends at Autostraddle point out the background lighting really looks like the bi flag. And, honestly, do you think a show that puts so much effort into its visuals is going to do something like that unintentionally?