Disney's First Openly Gay Character Is Being Played By A Straight Dude

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The Jungle Cruise, the upcoming Disney film based on the amusement park ride, will star Dwayne "The Rock Johnson", Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall, who's role is creating mixed reactions online.

Whitehall will play Emily Blunt's brother...who is openly gay.

I’m so honoured to be part of this epic adventure - @disneysjunglecruise. Filming is underway and I am having the time of my life with my amazing co stars. It’s so cool to be part of something of this scale and also as possibly one of the biggest Disney nerds on the planet so exciting to be working on a project with this much history. Watch to the end of this video and see the most incredible set I’ve ever seen. They built it from the ground up and walking onto it for the first time a month ago was like stepping back in time. Can’t wait for you to see this film... #junglecruise

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So why are people upset?

Well, because Jack Whitehall isn't LGBTQ.  He's quite straight.  And while that doesn't seem like a big deal, to some people in the community, it's a little bit of a slap in the face.

Others bring up some valid counterarguments.  For example, actors are PAID to pretend to be someone they're not.

Or that straight characters are played by LGBT men ALL the time...

At the end of the day, we'll see if the outrage over Whitehall's casting ends up affecting the movie's success.  The Jungle Cruise is set to be released in October of 2019.

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