Anger as Disney casts straight actor Jack Whitehall in gay role

Anger as Disney casts straight actor Jack Whitehall in gay role

Reports Jack Whitehall has been cast as Disney's first ever openly homosexual character has sparked a furious backlash from some in the gay community.

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.

Whitehall confirmed on Instagram that he will appear in the film as well, but did not give away any details about his role. "Now straight actors are getting PAID to "play gay".

Based on a Disneyland theme park ride, Jungle Cruise, released next October, follows travellers who take a riverboat adventure through a "supernatural" jungle filled with unsafe animals and reptiles.

The movie, which is based on a Magic Kingdom ride, will star Emily Blunt and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and it takes place in the 19th century.

Consequently, many people are outraged that Disney reportedly cast a straight man to play the first major character who is openly gay in a film.

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Comparisons are being made to the controversy that followed Scarlett Johansson's casting as a transgender individual.

But others are warning about the dangers of calling for gay roles to only be played by gay actors, since it can lead to typecasting.

One Twitter user said the description of the gay character sounded dated.

Newsbeat has contacted representatives for Jack Whitehall and Disney but they haven't responded.

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