British comedian Jack Whitehall has confirmed he is set to star in Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise, playing a gay character who was “hugely effete, very camp.”
Twitterati has erupted with outrage (surprise! surprise!) with many asking why a gay actor was not picked for the part.
— Omar Sharif Jr. (@OmarSharifJr) August 13, 2018
If only there were gay actors who could play ‘camp’ as well as Jack Whitehall. https://t.co/GM3VQjOhUx
— Ethan Harvey (@ethanharv) August 12, 2018
The issue with #jackwhitehall playing a gay character in a Disney film is primarily that Hollywood has issues casting gay men as straight characters so their career pool is already smaller and now it narrows it even more when you cast straight men as gay characters.
— Joshua Jace (@JoshuaJace121) August 13, 2018
According to GayPopBuzz:
Not only will Whitehall play as lead actress Emily Blunt’s brother, but he’ll also play as the first openly and expressively gay character in a Disney film. (We had LeFou before, but that was more a “gay moment” and not so much an openly gay character. Semantics).
At first, people were pretty happy about this announcement, but they soon realized just how bad it really is.
First, it looks like Whitehall’s character may be the butt of the movie’s joke. When someone’s called effete it usually means that he’s weak, soft, delicate, and pampered.
On top of that, a lot of online haters are pushing against him in the role because Whitehall’s a straight guy.
But let’s be honest, the real problem isn’t with Whitehall, it’s with the fact that his character is going to be the butt of the film’s joke.
We’ve got to be honest with you all, we’re not excited about this one.
What do you think? Much ado about nothing or Lose the Bum!?