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The Prom's James Corden attracts fierce backlash for Golden Globe nomination

"Corden’s dialogue in The Prom is like 'yas mama Grindr anal WERK' and Hollywood was like 'this is brilliant'"

2021-02-04

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Netflix

James Corden has landed a Golden Globe nomination for his work on The Prom - and promptly weathered fierce backlash online.

The Late Late Show with James Corden host has received a nod for the Actor in a Musical or Comedy gong for the film, in which he plays a gay theatre actor.

However, James' super camp performance in Ryan Murphy's Netflix film has been critically derided.

"Caricature of a stereotype"

Reacting to the news, one critic said on Twitter: "James Corden’s dialogue in the prom is like 'yas mama grindr anal WERK' and hollywood was like 'this is brilliant'."

Said another: "james corden (a cis hetero man) getting nominated for a golden globe for playing a caricature of a stereotype of a feminine gay man is..... interesting."

A third said: "andrew rannells golden globe nominee sounds better than james corden golden globe nominee."

Another tweet, from comic Justin Randall, which has amassed 165k likes and counting. It reads: "James Corden acts gay for two hours and gets a Golden Globe nomination, I act straight for 23 years and all I get is trauma."

The Prom follows the plight pf a lesbian schoolgirl banned from attending her school prom with her girlfriend, who ropes in a team of faded Broadway stars - including Meryl Streep as diva Dee Dee - to help. It is also nominated for best musical or comedy feature; Meryl was not nominated.

There is also controversy around the critically-acclaimed TV show I May Destroy You receiving no nominations, while the likes of Netflix series Emily In Paris, which has received mixed reviews, was recognised.

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