Critics have panned James Corden for his “gross” performance of a gay character in the new Netflix series “The Prom”.
Gay performance of James Corden in Netflix smash slammed by critics: Ryan Murphy’s screen adaptation of the Broadway hit show is crammed full of big-name actors however the Gavin and Stacey star has upset critics and viewers with what they say is a “horrific” portrayal of his character. He appears alongside Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in a story of down and out former actors who visit a little town in Indiana to come to the aid of a teenage lesbian who has found herself banned from her Prom.
Meanwhile, the production has received mainly great reviews apart from Corden’s gay character Barry Glickman who they said is played on dated stereotypes. Viewers took to social media site Twitter to express themselves with one, Erik Anderson, saying “The main, and huge, drawback is James Corden. His performance is gross and offensive, the worst gayface in a long, long time.
It’s horrifically bad.” Matt Donnelly, who works for Variety, tweeted “Ryan Murphy delivers some of his most uncluttered, concise directing ever in The Prom and then gives James Corden a bullhorn to lisp through.
Horrifying stereotypes abound. ‘I’m as a gay as a bucket of wigs’ among the gems. How? Why?” Some viewers also questioned casting a straight man in a gay role with one tweeting “James Corden, a straight man, portraying a gay man like this just makes me 100000% uncomfortable.”
Also, another added “James Corden’s performance is grossly inappropriate. It’s not brave playing a gay man, in fact you stole the role from a member of the LGBTQ community.” It wasn’t all bad however with some viewers sticking up for Corden and saying he was only playing the part the way it had been written. The Prom was originally a musical that opened on Broadway in 2016. It has been adapted for Netflix by producer Ryan Murphy, known for his work on Glee, American Horror Story, Pose, and Ratched.
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