Globe Icon


and support
LGBT+ journalism

Film and TV

James Corden has been cast in a Netflix lesbian love story, and the internet isn’t happy about it

Lily Wakefield January 4, 2020
bookmarking iconBookmark Article
James Corden

James Corden will star in a lesbian love story. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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.”

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?”

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.”

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.

Related topics: BBC, Christmas, Fairytale of New York, Gavin and Stacey, homophobic slur, James Corden, musical, netflix, Ruth Jones, the pogues, the prom

Click to comment

Swipe sideways to view more posts!


Loading ...

Close icon