Corden performs Barry Glickman within the musical (Image: MELINDA SUE GORDON/NETFLIX)
Corden performs Barry Glickman, a pale theatre actor who travels to a small city to assist a lesbian scholar who has been banned from attending promenade along with her girlfriend, and in flip increase his public picture.
Whereas the musical has acquired combined critiques, Corden’s portrayal of Barry has been mauled by critics, who accuse the 42-year-old of ‘leaning into effeminate homosexual stereotypes’.
Vanity Fair’s evaluation reads: ‘Corden, who’s straight, is so dangerous in The Promenade—one way or the other each appalling and terminally bland—that it had me considering perhaps the hardliners had been proper alongside. Neglect the entire case-by-case factor: No extra straight actors taking part in homosexual males till the sins of The Promenade are correctly atoned for.’
The evaluation additionally accused the actor of ‘flitting and lisping round in essentially the most uninspired of caricatures’.
AwardsWatch’s Erik Anderson tweeted: ‘The primary, and big, downside is James Corden. His efficiency is gross and offensive, the worst gayface in an extended, very long time. It’s horrifically dangerous.’
IndieWire’s information editor Zack Sharf added: ‘“The Promenade” shouts about tolerance however has James Corden leaning into effeminate homosexual stereotypes each probability he will get. Somebody make it make sense?’
Selection’s Matt Donnelly agreed, tweeting: ‘Ryan Murphy delivers a few of his most uncluttered, concise directing ever in #TheProm after which offers James Corden a bullhorn to lisp via. Horrifying stereotypes abound. “I’m as a homosexual as a bucket of wigs” among the many gems. How? Why?’
The Promenade additionally stars Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Keegan-Michael Key (Image: MELINDA SUE GORDON/NETFLIX)
Digital Spy’s evaluation referred to as Corden’s efficiency ‘regressive and offensive, hitting each homosexual stereotype alongside the way in which’, whereas movie author Jesse Hassenger wrote: ‘THE PROM taught me an actual lesson about tolerance. I used to assume that it was permissible for a straight actor to play a homosexual character in some circumstances; now I’m prepared to go hard-line in opposition to it if it means denying James Corden even one future position.’
Metro.co.uk’s review additionally singled out Corden’s efficiency amongst its faults, writing: ‘Corden’s Barry is a broad ‘Homosexual Finest Pal’ stereotype, there to make catty remarks and provides makeovers. He will get a subplot about reconciling together with his mother and father, however too usually this seems like one other queer caricature performed by a straight actor.’
Corden, who’s married to Julia Carey, has appeared on the massive display screen in movies together with Ocean’s 8, Peter Rabbit and the critically panned Cats adaptation.
Nonetheless, not all his theatre forays have been critically mauled, as he received a Tony Award for his position in One Man, Two Guvnors, and was praised for his efficiency within the huge display screen adaptation of Into The Woods.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Corden’s rep for remark.
The Promenade is on the market to stream on Netflix from December 11.