Halle Bailey’s Casting As Ariel In New ‘Little Mermaid’ Movie Met With Racist Backlash Online

Why didn’t they cast a real mermaid?

Halle Bailey (that’s Bailey, not Berry) has officially been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, so congrats to her on this massive, star-making gig.

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Director Rob Marshall says of his casting:

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.

Others, however, were less than pleased:

Others leapt to Halle’s defence while suggesting anyone who has a problem with the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel must be racist:

Yeah, I’m not sure why any reasonable person would have a problem with a black girl playing a fictional mermaid to be honest. I mean that one guy says it’s nothing to do with racism, he just wants the mermaid to look like the original movie from his childhood. Well here’s a solution for you mate – go watch the original?

Halle will be joined Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Jacob Tremblay (Flounder) and Awkwafina (Scuttle).

To meet the men who spend every weekend hanging out by the local pool dressed as mermaids, click HERE. Whatever floats your boat I guess.


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