Disney cast Halle Bailey as Ariel in Little Mermaid and people are praising them
4 July 2019, 14:44
Halle Bailey has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming Little Mermaid live-action film and director Ross Marshall praised Halle's "spirit, heart, youth, innocence" and "glorious singing voice".
Actress and singer Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney's upcoming live action Little Mermaid film. The announcement was made this week with the film's director Rob Marshall praising the "spirit, heart, youth, innocence" and "glorious singing voice" of the young actress.
You may know Halle Bailey from her role as Sky on Grown-ish and from musical duo, Chloe X Halle, with her sister Chloe Bailey. The internet's response to the Ariel casting news has been mostly positive, though some online have expressed ~ thoughts ~ about Halle's race.
People online have since come to the actress' defence, with many praising the casting choice and slamming problematic criticism.
Some questioning the casting have expressed "disappointment" over the fact that the original Ariel had red hair and blue eyes – and was white. "She is so pretty and talented but I’m disappointed that Disney is not sticking to the character. Would’ve like to see a live action of the Ariel I was raised with," wrote one fan on Twitter.
"If Ariel’s black, her whole fam will be. Triton, her sisters, her mother. It’s turned into a black film and that’s fine but I’ll never accept it as the little mermaid because it’s not," wrote another.
It should be noted that Ariel's race doesn't actually factor in the story at all because she is a mermaid and mermaids don't actually exist.
Anyway, people are standing up for Halle's casting and a black Ariel in general.
Congrats to Halle of @chloexhalle for landing the role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid! Perfect casting and needed representation! ✨ pic.twitter.com/iUvREUPgxc— My Black Matters✊🏾 (@MyBlackMatters) July 4, 2019
“But Ariel wasn’t black!!”— mumf (@erikaamumford) July 4, 2019
baby, Ariel wasn’t REAL
Ariel is a damn mermaid why the fuck does it matter if she’s black and tiana being white is fucking bullshit especially with her story and background, just say you’re racist and go— itzel (@skywalkavenger) July 4, 2019
no one:— ria🧚🏼♀️ (@outroloon) July 3, 2019
racists complaining about black ariel: pic.twitter.com/jRjaWtcUnC
me hearing y’all crying over halle bailey, a black girl, being casted as ariel pic.twitter.com/GUQdTBe83G— 𝐬𝐨𝐟𝐢 ; -1 ffh (@asgardianspider) July 4, 2019
Halle Bailey wrote on Twitter that the casting was "a dream come true".
dream come true... 🧜🏽♀️🌊 pic.twitter.com/sndjYUS6wO— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) July 3, 2019
Meanwhile, Grown-ish fans noticed a mermaid reference in last night's (July 3) episode. When Zoey suggests adult colouring books and holds up one with a mermaid on the cover, Sky and Jazz express disinterest in the activity.
Lol they're coloring mermaids on tonight's #grownish. Brilliant— Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker) July 4, 2019
Yall added that mermaid line in there on purpose huh? @grownish #GrownIsh #grownishseason2 #HalleBailey #Ariel pic.twitter.com/GYfHS46FXK— J (@JBoog4sho) July 4, 2019