Jack Whitehall has received backlash after it was announced he will play Disney’s first major gay character, in upcoming film Jungle Cruise.

The British comic joins Emily Blunt and The Rock in the film, which is based on a ride with the same name at Disney World in Florida.

Whitehall’s character has been described as “hugely effete, very camp and very funny” leaving some to criticise the character as a “stereotype”.

OmarSharifJr tweeted: Really @Disney#JungleCruise ? Your first significant gay role will be played by a straight white man perpetuating stereotypes? Fail! This ship should sink.

Meanwhile many more took to Twitter to defend Disney’s decision, with Stephen Fry writing sarcastically “I share your shame @jackwhitehall – I played a straight man more than once. A FATHER even. I should have been sent for training, correction and adjustment years ago”.

Jungle Cruise opens next year.