James Corden, The Prom Review, and Straight Actors Playing Gay Face
The discussion on whether or not straight actors coming from places of straight privilege should play gay characters is an ongoing thing, for lack of a better term right now. And it seems to be gaining momentum lately. This time it comes in the form of a review for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix show titled, The Prom.
But while Corden is inexcusably bad here, more blame should lie at the feet of Murphy for not only choosing to cast him in the first place but for then allowing him to gayface quite so grotesquely.
Here’s more. I can’t comment because this is a review and I haven’t seen The Prom yet. And for the record, I don’t think of being gay as my sexuality. I think of gay as a culture and sex is only part of it. However, I have to admit that I do love this reviewer in a general sense because he’s jumping on topics I’ve been wondering about for a long time. I think a lot of us have been wondering.