Disney is set to introduce its first homosexual movie character but LGBT rights groups – instead of celebrating – are disappointed at the star.
"'Jungle Cruise casting of Jake Whitehall in Disney's first gay role sparks backlash,'" huffs a Huffington Post story about the British comic actor.
"The Jungle Cruise" film is Disney's attempt to make box-office dollars from the popular park ride, and it's not surprising that the LGBT-friendly corporation would attempt to enjoy some free publicity by announcing it is including an openly homosexual character who has yet to be named.
The problem, however, is that Whitehall is straight and his heterosexuality could botch a "watershed moment" if the character plays up negative stereotypes in the film, The Huffington Post warned.
Last month, Scarlett Johansson pulled out of a film in which she was set to play a transgender character. She then apologized for being "insensitive" to the left-wing mob that berated her for stealing the role from an actual transgender.
According to Pete LaBarbera, the problem with Disney's decision to cast Whitehall is not casting a heterosexual but that the once family-friendly company is creating a homosexual character at all.
"I think it is a travesty that Disney is continuing to model homosexuality as a positive thing to young people," LaBarbera complains. "We're starting to get used to even Disney promoting homosexuality and we can never get used to that."