​Twitter Is Fighting About Jack Whitehall Playing Disney's First Openly Gay Character

​Twitter Is Fighting About Jack Whitehall Playing Disney's First Openly Gay Character
UK funny boy Jack Whitehall has been cast as Disney's first openly gay character in the upcoming film The Jungle Cruise, but not everyone is so excited about the progressive (for Disney) move.
 
The decision to cast Whitehall, rather than someone who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, has drawn criticism on Twitter.
 
The Jungle Cruise also stars Emily Blunt and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and is an action-adventure story set in the 19th century. According to The Sun, Whitehall will portray a gay man who is "hugely effete, very camp and very funny."
 
The backlash comes on the heels of protests against casting cis actors (like Scarlett Johansson) taking on roles to play trans people and white actors (like Scarlett Johansson) portraying characters originally of a different race.
 
The casting decision also comes just days after LGBTQ+ actor Ruby Rose was chased off of Twitter for being cast as Batwoman in an upcoming CW series.
 
Others, meanwhile, are pushing back and arguing that it is an actor's job to portray people who they are not and to immerse themselves in experiences that are not their own.
 
See some of the heated responses to Whitehall's latest role below.