Did Disney’s Jungle Cruise go far enough with its gay representation?

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Based on the Disneyland theme park attraction of the same name, the film follows scientist Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and brother MacGregor (Jack Whitehall) as they join river boat captain Frank (Dwayne Johnson) to journey through a dangerous jungle in search of The Tree Of Life.

Set in the 19th century, at a time where LGBTQ+ rights were non-existent and the majority of the community would remain closeted, Jungle Cruise made headlines when it was announced in 2018 due to the fact that Whitehall’s character would be the studio’s first openly gay character on the big screen.

At the time, however, the announcement was mired in controversy. The character was described as “hugely effete, very camp and very funny,” which drew criticism from

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