A film adaptation of the lesbian musical The Prom is coming to Netflix in 2020, but it is already receiving criticism online because it will star James Corden.
The Tony-nominated Broadway show The Prom revolves around a lesbian high school student who is denied permission to bring a female date to prom.
Although Netflix had already confirmed that a film adaptation directed by Ryan Murphy was in the works, on January 3 it announced on Twitter: “Ryan Murphy directs this story of a lesbian teenager who’s banned from attending the big dance with her girlfriend.
“The injustice prompts a cast of Broadway eccentrics to descend on the small Indiana town to fight back.
“Meryl Streep, James Corden & Nicole Kidman star.”
The Christmas special of BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, which Corden both starred in and co-wrote with Ruth Jones, divided viewers over the unnecessary inclusion of a homophobic slur in The Pogues’ song ‘Fairytale of New York’.
Corden has not acknowledged or apologised for the use of the slur, but the lyrics were defended by the BBC.
A BBC spokesperson told Metro: “‘Fairytale of New York’ is a very popular, much-loved Christmas song played widely throughout the festive season, and the lyrics are well-established with the audience.”
Nothing like including a dose of needless homophobia to get you in the Christmas spirit
— Benjamin Butterworth (@benjaminbutter) December 25, 2019
Still reeling from the inclusion of the slur on Christmas Day, the announcement that Netflix has cast Corden in an LGBT+ film has further angered LGBT+ people online.
One person, in response to Netflix, wrote on Twitter: “I’d rather get hot and heavy with Dominic Cummings than watch this.” Another said: “Haven’t lesbian teenagers suffered enough? James Corden?”
Haven't lesbian teenagers suffered enough? James Corden?
— Pedro Hollanda (@phollanda) January 3, 2020
STOP 👏🏻 CASTING 👏🏻 JAMES 👏🏻 CORDEN 👏🏻 IN 👏🏻 LGBT 👏🏻 FILMS 👏🏻 HE’S 👏🏻 A 👏🏻 TWAT https://t.co/UwYGrLvtvm
— 🥂 (@0hheyjj) January 4, 2020
Others, while initially excited about the film version of the iconic musical, were put off by the casting decision.
One person wrote: “Had me at lesbian, lost me at James Corden.”
had me at lesbian lost me at james corden https://t.co/SXfpPJyaf9
— hannah (@Iowinfat) January 4, 2020
The Broadway musical made history in August 2019 by hosting a real-life lesbian wedding on stage. A crew member tied the knot on stage, and was married by the co-author of the book The Prom, Bob Martin, who got ordained online for the on-stage ceremony.