James Corden has received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in The Prom, and the internet is not happy about it.
The Late Late Show host’s portrayal of Barry Glickman, a gay actor, has been dubbed ‘borderline offensive’ by viewers and critics alike. However, he’s now in the running to win Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical at the 2021 ceremony.
The musical’s other stars, including Meryl Streep, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose and Jo Ellen Pellman, have been snubbed from a nomination, although they’ve been praised for their portrayals.
Since the Golden Globe nominations have been confirmed, people have taken to Twitter to express their outrage at Corden’s nomination.
One user wrote: “James Corden getting nominated for playing a gay man very badly in The Prom giving hope to all the smug under-achievers out there.”
Another pitched in: “So James Corden has just been nominated for a Golden Globe for his highly offensive portrayal of a gay man in The Prom. Is that a joke?”
Meanwhile, a third raged: “James Corden!? Are you f**king serious? Arguably the most offensive performance of a gay man since Sacha Baron Cohen as Bruno. What’s worse is unlike Cohen, Corden’s performance isn’t just played for laughs.”
Previously, Corden has felt the need to defend his role in the film. He said: “[As an actor] you spend quite a long time, just personally, feeling like you might be able to have a bit more to give.
“Like you might be able to have a bit more depth and you want someone like Ryan [Murphy] to come along and drop a script in your lap like this.
“And then you go, ‘Oh God, what if I am not able to do these things?’. Ryan, I will be indebted to forever for his guidance, the way that he led me through it. The way he led me through it as a director, the way he led me through it as a friend, the way he led me through it as a gay man. And I’ll treasure those days.”