James Corden in ‘The Prom’ Sparks Critic Outrage: ‘Offensive’ and ‘Worst Gay-Face’

James Corden in ‘The Prom’ Sparks Critic Outrage: ‘Offensive’ and ‘Worst Gay-Face’
James Corden’s casting in “The Prom” has come under fire by several film critics and entertainment journalists now that Netflix has screened the star-studded musical for press. Corden stars in the film as Broadway actor Barry Glickman, played on stage by Brooks Ashmanskas in a Tony-nominated performance. Barry is a flamboyant and openly gay Broadway diva, which has led some press to question why Corden was cast in the role.

“Opinions differ on how acceptable it is for straight actors to play gay roles, but few straight actors could get away with a gay character like this, a role that would feel stereotypical in an ’80s sitcom and here feels offensive,” writes Newsweek critic Samuel Spencer, who notes Corden is “offensively miscast” in the role.

“After all, it is not like we have a shortage of actual gay actors who could give the role more pathos,” Spencer adds. “Was Titus Burgess busy?
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