Disney has recently announced casting of The Jungle Cruise, a new feature film based on the Disneyland ride. In addition to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt, the movie also featuresBritish actor and comedian, Jack Whitehall as the brother of Blunt's character.
New information about Whitehall's character reveals that he's in fact gay, the first major openly gay character in a Disney movie. A source told The Sun that his character is described as "hugely effete, very camp, and very funny." But seeing as Whitehall is a straight actor, this has raised an eyebrow or two for obvious reasons.
\u201cI know we are supposed to be happy about this but the second outreach to the LGBTQ community is another camp character played by a straight guy. Why must we always take our spoonful of sugar with a lemon?\u201d
\u201cIt\u2019s too bad there weren\u2019t any out actors who are regularly called some euphemism for \u201ctoo camp\u201d by casting directors, studios, networks, executives etc. for literally any role who were available for this Disney \u201cfirst.\u201d\u201d
When will Disney learn? First, they give us a breadcrumb of a gay moment between the villainous LeFou and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, as if it doesn't perpetuate the idea that queer people are secondary, if not plain evil. Then they went as far to cut a scene in Thor: Ragnarok that confirmed Valkyrie's bisexuality.
Now they're offering up a straight man's portrayal of gay character, being described as "effete" and "camp" as if it's some big win for gay inclusion. A bigger win might be casting an actual gay actor, or at least avoiding awful gay tropes. When will they learn?