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Disney network comments on critics of live-action The Little Mermaid casting

Disney network comments on critics of live-action The Little Mermaid casting”

She and her sister gained popularity with their YouTube covers and were signed to Beyoncé's Parkwood Entertainment music label.

The Expendables star believes he would be flawless for the royal role in the live-action remake of the animated hit, and he took to Twitter on Saturday (July 6, 2019) to share a photoshopped picture of himself as the underwater ruler.

Halle Bailey, a black singer from the duo Chloe x Halle, has been cast in the role of Ariel.

Since Bailey is musically gifted and possesses the rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, and innocence, there should have no question as to why she landed the role. The channel expertly shut down several of the most common complaints about a black Ariel, including the fact that the author of the original fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen, was Danish and that mermaids live too far below the ocean's surface to have dark skin (really?).

While this is great news on one forefront, many fans of the 1989 original were not exactly happy with the fairytale receiving a Black Little Mermaid. But suggesting a fictional mermaid can't be a black girl with locs is as ridiculous as suggesting Santa Claus, Rue from The Hunger Games, James Bond, or Spider-Man must be white. "Ariel...is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in worldwide waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy)", the post read.

"Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black", the network continued. "Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!) have red hair". But spoiler alert- bring it back to the top - the character of Ariel is a work of fiction.

Awkwafina is in talks to portray Scuttle, the seagull, while 12-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay will lend his voice to the role of Ariel's faithful fish friend Flounder. Many of those who have posted in opposition to Bailey being tapped for the lead have been accused of being racist, but they deny the claim, stating that they were simply upset that the iconic princess would look nothing like she did during their childhood. To her, Jodi believes "the most important thing for a film is to be able to tell a story".

Like Ariel, Paxton is known for her unbelievable singing voice.



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