The town of Riverdale has its own particular brand of justice. But now, fans of the show are taking to the streets to demand “justice for the cut Choni scenes.”
Okay, maybe they’re just taking to Change.org. But after getting actress Madelaine Petsch, who plays Cheryl Blossom on the show, to confirm that Cheryl was sleeping over at her girlfriend Toni’s (Vanessa Morgan) house, they were eagerly looking forward to the new couple making it Facebook (or whatever the Riverdale equivalent is) official on the show’s musical episode.
Sadly, like a love child, it was never meant to be. Though Cheryl and Toni (known by their ‘ship name Choni) were seen cuddling at the end of “Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens,” and shared a key scene together this week when Toni encouraged her true love to douse herself in blood and threaten to murder her own mother, like any good girlfriend would, there was no real movement on the couple front.
…or was there? In a twist worthy of the show, eagle-eyed fans noticed a bonus track featuring Petsch and Morgan was included on the episode’s “Carrie The Musical” soundtrack release.
Yep, that’s a reprise of a song sung in friendship by Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) earlier in the episode. But the track takes on new meaning when sung by Cheryl and Toni. For fans of the couple, it’s a pretty powerful and emotional minute and forty-seven seconds.
So was the number cut for time (yes, probably)? Does that matter to fans (nope)?
To get things moving, Choni fans have started a petition demanding the rumored scene be released. Not only that, but that Riverdale release another rumored scene where the duo call each other girlfriends. As of publish time, the petition was rapidly approaching the 200 requested signatures. But will it be enough for the heartless harridans who create the craziest show on television???
Short answer: probably not, and your best hope is to wait for the digital release, if the scene does exist beyond the recorded bonus track. Longer answer? Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and company are well aware of LGBTQ+ issues, and aren’t gonna go halfway on the Choni relationship. If I was a betting man, I’d say you’ll see Toni and Cheryl officially call each other girlfriends by season’s end. And probably more than that, as well.
Until then: JUSTICE FOR CHONI.
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