Disney’s ‘Strange World’ is Getting a Gay Character

In Disney‘s Strange World, we meet the Clade family and immediately learn that they are unsung heroes. This family has made quite a name for itself in their hometown of Avalonia as pioneers in more ways than one. Each of the characters reveals a facet of humanity that rarely gets screen time but is essential.

This is a comedy, to be sure, but it’s also about family secrets, both old and new, and about what can and cannot be forgiven. There are both large (saving a community) and minor (saving a person’s life) heroic acts in this story (such as saving yourself).

Ethan Clade, voiced by Twitter comedian Jaboukie Young-White, is a central character in this action-packed tale of a brave family. Similar to the Clade family, Jaboukie is blazing new ground with the introduction of Ethan, the first openly gay Disney character. This is what we know about his travels so far.

Gay Character in Strange World
Gay Character in Strange World

We’re Finally Getting An Openly Gay Character in Disney’s ‘Strange World.’

The title, “Strange World,” packs a lot of meaning, as does this touching animated film. The narrative spans multiple generations and demonstrates how one can make their presence felt in a variety of ways (physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually).

Farmer Searcher Clade (Jake Gyllenhaal) is at the core of the plot. His famed explorer father vanished when Searcher was a young boy, and he has struggled ever since to carve out a name for himself and escape his father’s shadow.

Searcher’s son Ethan, who is 16 years old, shares his father’s yearning for self-discovery. Like his famed but unknowable grandfather, he longs for a life beyond his father’s farm. Ethan embarks on a journey of self-discovery but, like any normal adolescent, he has to deal with the complications of a teenage crush while he’s away: a boy named Diazo.

Jaboukie, who only recently revealed his sexual orientation to the public, discussed his LGBTQ+ community activism and the significance of his portrayal of Ethan in an interview with Yahoo. “It isn’t a tale about him coming out or struggling to be accepted in his s*xual orientation.

Just Ethan maturing into his own unique person within a setting that is prepared to welcome and encourage him “As Jaboukie put it. It’s fantastic to see a character like Ethan in a Disney film where representation is emphasised. I wish I could have seen this when I was younger, Jaboukie told the media. “It’s nice to think that I had a hand in that for someone else.”

What Else Have We Seen Jaboukie Young-White in?

Jaboukie Young-White shows a side of himself to The Washington Post that isn’t frequently seen on social media while discussing his new film Dating and New York. Jaboukie portrays the straight man in the romantic comedy Dating and New York.

To a 27-year-old who loves romantic comedies, this wasn’t too much of a stretch. Movies like “500 Days of Summer” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (which are, realistically, more breakup movies than romance) are among his favorites.

Jaboukie’s Twitter feed is a delirious mess, but it’s also what propelled him into the public consciousness. It landed him roles as a journalist on The Daily Show and a writer on Nick Kroll’s Big Mouth, not to mention the lead in Issa Rae’s Rap sh!t. Even before 30 joins the conversation, all of this has been completed. Nonetheless, Twitter was the original catalyst.

Jaboukie Young-White’s Relationship With Twitter Isn’t What it Once Was

Of course, Jaboukie’s recent tweets are promoting Bizarre World, but a long, strange stroll down his timeline will leave you gasping with delight and at times dread (in a good way). He has an almost flawless sense of humour that is open, honest, and occasionally biting.

In light of his newfound prominence, Jaboukie told W Magazine that his online persona has undergone a similar transformation. “I’m getting close to the point where I’ve spent more years on social media than I have not been on social media,” he said.

Gay Character in Strange World
Gay Character in Strange World

If you’re completely honest with yourself, it’ll be a fascinating thing to reflect on in the future. (Jaboukie is undoubtedly the most truthful person in his own company.) One could argue that Jaboukie owes at least some of his success to Twitter, but he is in no way dependent on the platform. ‘It does corrupt your brain a little bit,’ he told W.

Given the rapid decline of Twitter, he may not even have to depart voluntarily. For now, though, you may see him in Strange World, in cinemas on November 23, and on Disney Plus before the year is through.

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