Disney Casted A Black Little Mermaid To Replace Red-Headed Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”
Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Little Mermaid” is upsetting some fans because Halle Bailey will be playing the role of red-headed Ariel. The 1989 Disney movie is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Little Mermaid.” The Denmark author described Ariel as having “clear and delicate as a rose petal” skin with “eyes as blue as the deepest sea.”
Imagine the first time you see the little mermaid you see a beautiful black woman with the voice of an angel and red locs down to her butt 😭 like I’m so proud of the casting pic.twitter.com/3UfBr2N839— Licensed Esthetician ⚡️ (@EmaniMone) July 3, 2019
Many people are delighted with Disney’s choice to cast Halle Bailey, but others feel that it was a wrong choice to promote diversity, and perhaps cultural appropriation because of the story’s Danish origins.
So is everyone forgetting that the little mermaid is Danish? Or that Ariel's grandfather is Poseidon?— jojojojo (@iwannanina) July 4, 2019
Neither Danish nor Greek girls look like Halle!!! You are really quick to point out cultural appropriation but why not now?#NotMyAriel
In a statement, Director Rob Marshall said, “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.”
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.— Paola Flores (@PaolaFl55150463) July 5, 2019
Ariel is from DENMARK ... Nordic ... #NotMyAriel #Itisnotinclusive pic.twitter.com/7fMNy2xhGI
Remember when little white girls who dressed as Disney’s Polynesian Moana for Halloween were accused of cultural appropriation?
This year, many Halloween costumes sparked controversy among online communities. One costume, Disney’s Moana, had many claiming #culturalappropriation was in play. What do you think? https://t.co/zZLav21wE3 #controversy #moana pic.twitter.com/xp5tC9hlHE— Hyphened-Nation (@HyphenedNation) December 12, 2017