So, lemme understand this for a second. Disney takes the step to create their first-ever openly gay character in their franchise, right? But people are HEATED because they cast a straight man (Jack Whitehall) to play the role. (And I get the uproar and the argument, before you start throwing heat my way.)
BUT, the main thing I don't understand -- how was this ANY different than Brokeback Mountain, which was about two gay cowboys played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal -- who are both straight men?
I get that this would've been a really good opportunity to really shake up Hollywood and cast a gay man to play a gay role, but I mean, can we at least give Disney SOME kind of credit for a pretty big step? (Also, is it even public knowledge if any gay actors auditioned?)
Disney’s decision to cast Jack Whitehall, a straight man, as its first openly gay character in its new film has been attacked online https://t.co/XvWNwbdDA8— The Times of London (@thetimes) August 13, 2018