Looks like some “wypipo” are big mad that Disney cast Chloe X Halle singer Halle Bailey to play Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” remake.
It was announced earlier this week that singer Halle Bailey will take the leading role in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The remake features a star-studded cast including Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, THR reports. The director, Rob Marshall, expressed his joy with casting Bailey as the lead.
“After an extensive search, 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 role,” Marshall said in a statement.
But it didn’t take too long before some white people took to Twitter to express their disappointment with a black girl being cast as Ariel.
It's not a movie about mermaids … it's about the 1989 Disney movie based on the story "The Little Mermaid" Written by Hans Christian Andersen where he describes white skin as blue eyes.— Paola Flores (@PaolaFl55150463) July 5, 2019
Ariel is from DENMARK … Nordic … #NotMyAriel #Itisnotinclusive pic.twitter.com/7fMNy2xhGI
Ariel is a white redhead. I would be a better choice #NotMyAriel pic.twitter.com/kMuttqqOD6— Holly Kentuckey (@MKentuckey) July 5, 2019
And just like that @ Disney ruined the live action little mermaid. Fuck Disney #notmyariel— Mike and Elio (@MikeandElio) July 3, 2019
Others on White Twitter felt that Disney only cast a black girl as the lead because of political correctness.
The internet fought to make sure that the appropriate cultures were cast in Aladdin… now a black person is cast as a Danish mermaid and people are excited? I’m confused do we want cultural accuracy or racial diversity? In some cases they are mutually exclusive, not always but..— HeidiBee (@HeidiBee7) July 5, 2019
I expect the prince to be a gender fluid Asian boy and King Triton to be a flamboyantly gay Hispanic. #CircleComplete https://t.co/ZahqeKOC7y— Tim (@macrod01) July 3, 2019
I swear this ariel cast is so fucking stupid trying to please the political correctness, what would happen if the princess and the frog was a white woman, she ain't real either 🤷🏻♂️— will (@SirArsxnal) July 4, 2019
Looks like White Twitter got to finally see what it feels like for a major film production to have a cast they don’t personally identify with. Thank God it’s only Hollywood, an industry that aims to entertain the diverse masses!
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