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

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.

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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