Jack Whitehall Rumoured To Be Playing Disney's First Major Gay Character
The comedian will reportedly join Emily Blunt and The Rock in Disney's 'Jungle Cruise'.
Rumours are flying after a report in The Sun revealed that British comedian Jack Whitehall will not only be joining Disney's Jungle Cruise feature, but that he'll be playing an openly gay character.
While the report should be taken with a huge grain of salt, The Sun claims Whitehall's character will be historic as he will play Disney's first major out gay character.
The film is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name and currently stars The Rock and Emily Blunt, with Whitehall joining to play Blunt's gay brother.
The Sun's source described Whitehall's character as a "hugely effete, very camp and very funny", which -- for any LGBTQ+ people -- sets off a few alarm bells considering Whitehall is straight.
It just sounds a little... worrying if the character is to stray into stereotype territory. If they wanted to cast a wailing queer trope, why not cast an actual LGBTQ+ actor? Are there no gay actors in the U.K? Because we follow a ton of them on Instagram.
It's somewhat reminiscent of Scarlett Johansson's recent woes where she announced she planned to star as a trans man in an upcoming film. After the actress faced a backlash that asked why a trans actor wasn't being cast, Johansson stepped down from the role.
While we have more than enough faith in The Rock, Disney haven't always gone down the right track with LGBTQ+ representation.
Previously they oversold the inclusion of their "first exclusively gay moment" during Bill Condon's live-action Beauty and the Beast which was so extraordinarily hyped up the film was almost banned in Malaysia, and was called "shameless propaganda of sin" before receiving a 16+ rating in Russia.
Ultimately the moment was a quick shot of two men dancing together, with Josh Gad's character of LeFou also being described by Condon as "Somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston".
He also commended straight actor Josh Gad for playing the role in a "subtle and delicious" way.
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