The announcement that Halle Bailey, one of Beyonce’s protégé twins has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming Little Mermaid Disney Movie. Black people are excited, but…
Disney has cast singer Halle Bailey, the 19-year-old singer signed to Beyoncé’s record label in 2015 in a duo with her twin sister called Chloe x Halle. in the starring role of Ariel in a live action remake of The Little Mermaid. A role the Grownish actress says is a dream come true, the news has taken social media by a storm.
dream come true… 🧜🏽♀️🌊 pic.twitter.com/sndjYUS6wO
— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) July 3, 2019
And while most people, especially people of colour, took to twitter to congratulate the twin sister of Chloe Bailey, other people of, uhm, not colour, were utterly enraged by the idea of a black girl playing the iconic character of Ariel.
The news was broken by American publication Variety, and they said the director of the upcoming production is more than pleased with his selection.
“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.
So the hashtag #NotMyAriel started trending, with the sentiment that Ariel has always been a white, red-haired girl and to cast someone who doesn’t look anything like that is to tarnish the fairytale franchise.
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.
Ariel is from DENMARK … Nordic … #NotMyAriel #Itisnotinclusive pic.twitter.com/7fMNy2xhGI
— Paola Flores (@PaolaFl55150463) July 5, 2019
So my meme probably will let you know how I feel about this backlash.
If this way of casting was actually protocol, then there are decades of films that have to do with hero’s of colour that were played by white actors that we also need to throw in the trash and remake: starting with Othello; to the butchering of the first “The Birth Of A Nation”; to every cleopatra movie; to all Egyptian movies in general, and lets not forget The Hunger Games.
Shocked about The Hunger Games? Yea I know, but the creator of the trilogy actually said she never envisioned anyone specifically white (not while describing a number of them as olive skinned). But the most shocking, is the long Wikipedia list of how many films actually have been whitewashed in the past. Go ahead take a look yourself.
But we are going to trip about Ariel with the red hair and a talking fish as a bestfriend? Ok.
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