Whitehall, 30, has built up his career largely through comedic acts with his 78-year-old father Michael, last year releasing the Netflix travel documentary Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father. While some hold firmly to the stance that actors should be allowed to play characters who are different than themselves, many have pointed out that the problem isn't with Whitehall portraying a character.
Whitehall's character is the brother of the character played by Blunt. "Fail! This ship should sink".
Another person tweeted: "The issue with #jackwhitehall playing a gay character in a Disney film is primarily that Hollywood has issues casting gay men as straight characters so their career pool is already smaller and now it narrows it even more when you cast straight men as gay characters".
Actor Chris Salvatore sarcastically said it must be hard to find gay actors to play gay characters.
After the actress faced a backlash that asked why a trans actor wasn't being cast, Johansson stepped down from the role.
Some people also are relating the situation to a recent controversy with Scarlett Johansson.
And some say his sexuality shouldn't matter, since gay actors regularly play straight characters.