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18 Responses People Had To The New Black Ariel
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18 Responses People Had To The New Black Ariel

The upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ has just announced who will star in the leading role – 19-year-old singer Halle Bailey will be Ariel.

After an extensive cast search for the movie remake, director Rob Marshall said that it was “abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice – all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic Disney character.”

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Bailey, who said on Twitter that it was a “dream come true,” forms part of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who first started by doing covers of pop songs on YouTube. Their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, was released in 2016 and contained the hits ‘Drop’ and ‘Fall.’

The pair also made cameo appearances in Beyoncé’s Lemonade visual album and were her opening act for the European leg of The Formation World Tour. ‘The Little Mermaid’ will be Bailey’s feature-film debut.

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According to Variety, the live-action Disney remake will “incorporate original movie songs from the 1989 animated hit, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.” Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca. Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are also in the cast of this Disney movie, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula.

People took to Twitter with mostly positive reactions to the animated movie remake casting, with many highlighting the significance of a young black woman taking on the role of Ariel. However, although we should really just ignore them, there were some trolls too.

Someone was instantly triggered and started leaving nasty comments that went viral

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After being called out they tried to defend themselves by saying they have a ‘half black’ friend so they can’t be racist

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They later turned out to be a distasteful joke

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But other people weren’t just ‘joking’ with their comments and were seriously mad with Disney’s casting choice

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Others believed it was all done as a publicity stunt

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Meanwhile, these people came to defend the actress

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Fully-grown adults getting all riled up by the ethnicity of a frickin’ mermaid. Beyond ridiculous, isn’t it? The girl was cast on talent and suitability for the role, why people have to politicize everything to death is beyond me. Shouldn’t we just ignore the trolls and the negativity and just look forward to what should be a great movie?

Let us know what you think about this frankly ridiculous subject in the comments below.

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Joanna Nehra
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2 years ago

Disney what were you thinking. She doesn't even have a tail

Bumble
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2 years ago

I also heard that she can't breath underwater. It is disgusting! They should cast a REAL MERMAID! What are they thinking??

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Mama Panda
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2 years ago

I am going to take a stab at what I think part of the problem is with it all. If a white actor/actress plays a black character and completely dresses the part, it is automatically called blackface and they are called racist. However, when a black person plays a white character in a similar fashion, nothing is said. It's a double edged sword that I wished didn't exist on any level. But back in the day, like way back in the 50s and before, it was done as racist and that was hateful. Nowadays, I think it is done more out of respect or at least that is how I see it. I just wish we could all exist without labels and hatred in our hearts.

Shelagh Hodgson
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2 years ago

It is not a "white" character though, it's a mermaid, a fantastical creature who lives under the sea. The only description provided of the original mermaid was "her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish’s tail". She wasn't even called Ariel in the book, it was given to her by Disney when they invented her look. By clear skin I read flawless, not white. Your point misses the point. It's a mermaid, not a black woman playing a white woman.

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

Oh good grief! So Disney gave her red hair and that's the colour it must forever be? I don't think her hair colour is even mentioned in the original story. Yes, she was described as very white with blue eyes and dark lashes. I've seen a foreign drama where she was blonde. It doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that the actor can do a really good job with the role and make us believe in her. Talent, not appearance.

WillemPenn
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2 years ago

My big issues was "Hell, she's too old to play the role." Then I was like "Wait, they aren't talking about Halle Berry ... Who is Halle Bailey? Damn *I'm* old!" 🤣

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Joanna Nehra
Community Member
2 years ago

Disney what were you thinking. She doesn't even have a tail

Bumble
Community Member
2 years ago

I also heard that she can't breath underwater. It is disgusting! They should cast a REAL MERMAID! What are they thinking??

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Mama Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

I am going to take a stab at what I think part of the problem is with it all. If a white actor/actress plays a black character and completely dresses the part, it is automatically called blackface and they are called racist. However, when a black person plays a white character in a similar fashion, nothing is said. It's a double edged sword that I wished didn't exist on any level. But back in the day, like way back in the 50s and before, it was done as racist and that was hateful. Nowadays, I think it is done more out of respect or at least that is how I see it. I just wish we could all exist without labels and hatred in our hearts.

Shelagh Hodgson
Community Member
2 years ago

It is not a "white" character though, it's a mermaid, a fantastical creature who lives under the sea. The only description provided of the original mermaid was "her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish’s tail". She wasn't even called Ariel in the book, it was given to her by Disney when they invented her look. By clear skin I read flawless, not white. Your point misses the point. It's a mermaid, not a black woman playing a white woman.

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh good grief! So Disney gave her red hair and that's the colour it must forever be? I don't think her hair colour is even mentioned in the original story. Yes, she was described as very white with blue eyes and dark lashes. I've seen a foreign drama where she was blonde. It doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that the actor can do a really good job with the role and make us believe in her. Talent, not appearance.

WillemPenn
Community Member
2 years ago

My big issues was "Hell, she's too old to play the role." Then I was like "Wait, they aren't talking about Halle Berry ... Who is Halle Bailey? Damn *I'm* old!" 🤣

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