By: Micaela Shirley
On Wednesday (7/3), Disney announced the casting of the titular character, Ariel in the upcoming live-action movie The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey who is known for her role on the hit Freeform show Grownish and the singing duo Chloe x Halle. Halle is going to play the iconic red-headed mermaid from the 1989 film of the same name.
While many people, including Black Twitter, pleased with Disney’s decision casting a black actress/singer for the role, many others have a problem with Bailey’s casting due to her not looking the part of Ariel.
Some of the critics have pointed out that Ariel is supposed to be a white girl with blue eyes and red hair and don’t understand why Disney didn’t cast someone fitting that description. While other critics agree that Halle is a talented musician and actress, they still do not agree with her playing Ariel.
A hashtag called #NotMyAriel began trending on Twitter July 4th, with people calling out haters for their disapproval of Bailey’s casting. Artistic fans artwork of what Halle would look like as Ariel and people suggesting actors who can play Prince Eric have all trended on Twitter these past few days.
Even celebrities Nick Jonas and Halle Berry, who some thought was going to play Ariel, are praising Halle’s casting decision.
Although some in the past have expressed their interest in seeing Ariana Grande casted for the role. It was ultimately Halle Bailey who won over director Rob Marshall, who believes she has the voice, talent, and innocence of the character.
Bailey joins cast members Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay, and Melissa McCarthy who is in talks to play Ursula in the live action movie.
Despite some of the backlash, the film is set to go into production sometime next year.
Facebook has since removed the group from its platform.