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Idris Elba Weighs In On The Straight Actor For A Gay Role Controversy

Idris Elba got the internet a little heated after he criticized the pushback against straight actors in gay roles.

After it was announced that British comedian Jack Whitehall’s character in the upcoming Disney film Jungle Cruise was gay, many people on social media expressed offense to the idea. That said, there’s been an equal amount of people expressing approval of straight actors playing gay roles. Now, Idris Elba is jumping into the fray.

While talking to TimesOut London and Attitude Magazine, Elba shared the argument that straight actors should be given the chance to portray gay roles.

“Artistic license is artistic license. If an actor has the attributes to do something, they should be able to do it,” Elba told TimeOut London via Attitude magazine. “They’re acting. You don’t necessarily have to be gay to play a gay character. Though you do have to be black to play a black character.”

Elba then related the situation to his ongoing battle for the role of James Bond.

“It’s like the debate about James Bond. It’s nonsense. It’s a fictional character. I’ve got mad respect for how Ian Fleming described him,” Elba explained. “He said he was a white guy, looked like this … That’s how it was written. But then there’s interpretation.

“If we were always bound by the confines that something has to be [one way], people would never have expanded on things and come up with some of the most genius ideas.”

Of course after hearing about his comments, there were several tweets online that didn’t agree.

“Did I miss the part of this story where Idris Elba came out as gay and can therefore speak to experience on this and how gay actors repeatedly get passed over for roles, or…?” wrote one.

“Although I do agree that straight actors should be able to play LGB (not the T) characters, I don’t think we need straight actors to tell us it’s okay for them to play those roles," said another.

What about you? Do you agree with Idris Elba’s argument? Or, do you think he should mind his business?

h/t: Attitude Magazine

Jack Whitehall To Play A Gay Man In Upcoming Disney Film "The Jungle Cruise"

British Comedian Jack Whitehall will be playing an openly gay character in the upcoming Disney film The Jungle Cruise.

Whitehall will be co-starring with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt.

While Variety broke the news that Whitehall would join the film as Blunt's brother back in March, some information about his character is now making the rounds.

The Sun was the one to break this new story and claim that a source of theirs gave them the info.

As the source said:

“This is a huge gig for Jack and has landed him his biggest ever pay cheque.

“But, more excitingly, he is playing a gay man - one who is hugely effete, very camp and very funny.

"It’s a dream role.

“Disney’s always been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ community.”

"This latest script, set at a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to be gay, is another significant turning point.”

The source also shares that the character will expressively state that he has no interest in women.

While this might seem exciting at a first glance, there is some room for worry. For instance, an effete person is typically thought of as “useless, ineffective, or pretentious.” This could mean that Whitehall’s character will be on the verge of being a stereotype or problematic at the least.

While many news sources are reporting outrage at Whitehall, a straight man, being cast in a gay role, its the above stated description of the character that's the real problem.

Plus, LGBTQ fans have gotten used to hearing news that LGTBQ characters will appear in films/tv series, showing up/paying to watch, and then being rewarded with killed off characters, comedic relief, and barely visible representation.

This is all to say that we are skeptical at the moment, but we're at least happy to be aware of this new development.

In addition, the movie is currently filming and not set to release until next year. That said, lead star Dwayne Johnson released a first look at the film, sans Whitehall. You can watch it below.

h/t: Variety, The Sun

How LGBT Was 'Incredibles 2'? One Writer Says Very! We're Not So Sure.

I had the chance to view Incredibles 2 the other day and I was pleased with the Pixar offering.  It was predictable, but still a great amount of fun. Thanks for the moms and kids that joined me in the theater.  I had a great time!  And if you keep reading, yes, there will be SPOILERS!

During the movie, I I did have a little gaydar go off when they introduced the new supers that were coming out of hiding.

Why did my gaydar go off? Well He-Lectrix was drawn well as was Brick, and Krushhauer and they had accents,  lol. Even the Owl and the burping older lava man seemed a little gay, like someone you would have seen at Tropics here in Wilton Manors. But I found myself almost saying out loud, you're just being stupid and you like He-Lectrix's big ears.

I did think, just like Heather Hogan of Autostraddle, that Void was just like Kristen Stewart, the voice, the look, the hair even and could be LGBT. But unlike Hogan, I stopped there.

In her post on Autostraddle, 'For a Movie That’s Not Gay, Incredibles 2 Sure Is Gay', Hogan jumps into a gay vortex that made here see more than that was there. 

Incredibles 2 finds itself being released in a time where we have the #metoo movement, women empowerment in Hollywood, and a push for more LGBTQ+ characters and representation in film.  I will give credit for Pixar/Disney for once again throwing in a semi expendable LGBT character (like its transformation of La Fou in Beauty and the Beast into an gay role) into a film.  We will keep seeing those for some time I am sure. Don't forget Timon and Pumbaa. Can you name more?

But where I feel Hogan goes wrong is to throw in a lesbian love interest between the villain Evelyn and Elasta girl.  And she's overly confident that she is 1,000% correct:

My case is airtight, but the best evidence I can give you for the fact that Helen and Evelyn are three seconds from kissing on the mouth in every scene of Incredibles 2 is that the ol’ boys club on Reddit hates this movie, which they call “a steaming pile” with a “ridiculous political / feminist agenda” that makes Bob a “hopeless buffoon” while the women speak with “heavy undertones of gender dominance.” Also they deemed it “very Finding Dory,” if you know what they mean and I think you do. - autostraddle.com

 

She also cites another article that states Evelyn was originally supposed to be a male villain but was changed.

"We also had the chance to create a stronger rapport between her and Helen, something that was lacking with the Nelson character."

In the movie, the two of them don't talk about men. They bond over their jobs and their goals.

Evelyn opens up about Winston's role at the company and how she's really the one running the company without getting all of the credit. It's something Parr could easily relate to. She often took a backseat to her husband getting all the glory for being the more popular superhero. "Incredibles 2" put her front and center. - businessinsider.com

I do not think the creators were looking to establish a lesbian relationship between the two lead characters. Are all powerful women who strive to be seen for their true worth now considered lesbians? Can we not accept these as powerful women without thinking, well, they must be lesbians!  As for the gazing into each others eyes and almost lip-locking, etc., I must have been eating my dum-dums and goobers during all of those times.

Incredibles 2 was a great movie, but it was not the LGBT movie of the summer.  I do see that the Kristen Stewart/Void character may be LGBT, but I don't see the lesbian power couple that some reviewers are preaching while wearing their rainbow colored glasses.


This is an opinion of one of the many Contributing Writers for Instinct Magazine and not the opinion of the magazine or the other writers.

Get Ready To Celebrate Pride With Disney's New "Rainbow Mickey" Apparel

Looks like Disney’s doubling down on Pride this year.

Last month, we shared with you that Disneyland is now selling rainbow Mickey ears, and now Disney has announced that it’s selling Pride merchandise just in time for Pride month.

The “Rainbow Mickey” pride merchandise is on sale now. Even better, the merchandise can be bought online unlike the Mickey ears which are being slowly rolled out across Disney theme parks. Even better, the rainbow shirts, bags, and more are going to be doing great things for the community as well.

Until June 30, every Pride styled Disney item you buy will make money for LGBTQ charity GLSEN (pronounced glisten), which fights to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth. Disney has announced that it's willing to donate up to $50,000 and 10% of every purchase will go towards that donation.

Can we all make Disney donate the fill $50,000? If you want to try, go run over to Shop Disney now and get your rainbow sunglasses, t-shirts, hats, and more.

Disney Theme Parks Just Got A Lot More Exciting Thanks To New Pride Hats

Disneyland is now selling rainbow Mickey ears!

While LGBTQ fans of the Disney empire have repeatedly been disappointed by the lack of queer representation in House of Mouse films, they might be excited to see representation forming elsewhere.

The rainbow colored hats are now being sold at a Five & Dime in Disneyland with hopefully the product spreading across the globe (and online) in due time.

The hats themselves have bright rainbow ears and a red cap underneath. On the cap, there are a pair of Mickey gloves making a heart sign with another rainbow inside.

Fans are already celebrating the arrival of the merchandise on Twitter.

In addition, Youtuber Joey Garceffa and his partner Daniel recently posted a video of their family going to Disneyland and getting the hats.

 

 

Would you buy a pair of rainbow Mickey ears?

h/t: GayStarNews

Did Disney Remove A Bisexual Character From Mulan?

Did Disney Remove A Bisexual Character From Mulan?


The LGBTQ Community Continues To Get The Shaft!

It wasn't long ago when Disney was sticking up for the LGBTQ community by dismissing Malaysia for trying to edit out a *gay* moment from the live action Beauty and the Beast film. Low key, for as long as I can recall, Disney has been pretty progressive in their dedication towards their LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Like, Disney does have a Gay Days, so...who wouldn't believe they are so for us, you know?! Well, it turns out Disney is kind of being a brat surrounding their 2020 live action Mulan film...by removing a bisexual character!


According to Next Shark, a Twitter user is claiming original Mulan character, Li Shang - a fellow solider who crushes on Mulan when he believes she is a man - will not be in the live action film. Instead, his doppelganger will be a Commander who is Mulan's mentor. Hmm, that is just all too familiar, right? 


This very suspect rumor comes on the tail of Disney announcing their live action Mulan isn't going to be much like the original animated film. This includes the dismissal of any original songs - see ya later Christina Aguilera - and an entirely different plot. Now, a lot may go into this especially the would-be heavy-Game of Thrones style action sequences which could go over budget, yet I cannot help but wonder...is the real reason we're not seeing the original Mulan story because of the homoerotic themes? I mean, she did have a man falling in love with her...when he believed she was a man. While animated versions are deemed harmless by the society, I could imagine a lot of people being in an uproar of the whole idea of it. For what it's worth, we get an introduction to new characters such as a villainous Witch and Mulan's sister, so perhaps we have to let go of nostalgia and hope for an incredible film.