We learned this summer that the creators of “The Simpsons” will no longer have white actors voice people of color; Hank Azaria seemed very apologetic to have played an Indian-American for, like, 30 years. Also, the voice actor who played Cleveland Brown on “Family Guy” quit because “persons of color should play characters of color.”

It was a couple of years ago when Scarlett Johannson dropped out of a film she was producing where she would have played a trans character; funny that we haven’t heard any updates on how that film is coming along.

NBC News is bringing in the new year by reviving the controversy, determining that it’s “complicated” whether straight actors should play gay characters.

Ah, James Corden’s performance was “aggressively flamboyant.”

Julie Compton tips us in to why this is suddenly problematic:

In early December, Netflix dropped its highly anticipated musical comedy “The Prom,” starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James Corden as fading Broadway stars who set out to help a lesbian teen take her girlfriend to the prom.The film, helmed by out director Ryan Murphy, got mixed reviews, but some lambasted it as “homophobic” and “offensive” because of the casting of Corden, a straight actor, in what they saw as an “aggressively flamboyant” caricature of a gay man.

Does this mean Corden is canceled?

Yes.

It’s complicated.

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