Should LGBTQ characters only be played by LGBTQ actors?
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Should LGBTQ characters only be played by LGBTQ actors?

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Idris Elba is catching fire for recent comments he made. The 45-year old star feels any actor should be able to play a gay character. Disney cast its first gay character for the film "Jungle Cruise," but some are concerned that the actor playing the role, Jack Whitehall, isn't gay. The LGBTQ community has been vocal about their lack of opportunities in film and tv. Elba feels like "You don’t necessarily have to be gay to play a gay character." What do you think?

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Seamus Kirst of THEM says gay people should be allowed to tell their own stories.

One thing is for certain: This is a conversation that cannot just exist in the wake of the release of certain films; it must be an ongoing conversation and movement that examines the exclusionary practices of the entertainment industry as a whole. Hollywood has a historical homophobia problem. It’s systemic, it’s embedded, and it’s not going to fix itself.

But Elba believes talent should come before sexual orientation. Shadow and Act reported on a recent interview where Elba had this to say:

“Artistic license is artistic license. If an actor has the attributes to do something, they should be able to do it. They’re acting. You don’t necessarily have to be gay to play a gay character,” he continued. “Though you do have to be Black to play a Black character.” 
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