Here’s How People Reacted To Disney’s New “Black Ariel” Announcement

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks and haven’t heard the news – Disney has recently released details of its upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”, including the identity of the lucky lass who will play the role of the little mermaid herself, Ariel – 19-year-old singer Halle Bailey.

After an extensive search, director Rob Marshall said that 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.”

And who can freakin’ argue with that, right!?

Well, as it turns out, A LOT of people can… and a lot of people, indeed, have.

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Bailey, who said on Twitter that it was a “dream come true,” forms part of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who first started by doing covers of pop songs on YouTube. Their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, was released in 2016 and contained the hits ‘Drop’ and ‘Fall.’

The pair also made cameo appearances in Beyoncé’s Lemonade visual album (BEYONCE!!!) and were actually her opening act for the European leg of The Formation World Tour. Adorably, ‘The Little Mermaid’ will be Bailey’s feature-film debut… and what a freakin’ film to debut in!

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According to Variety, the live-action Disney remake will “incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated hit, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.” Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca… which, if you aren’t aware, is AMAZING.

Also in the cast are the adorable Jacob Tremblay and bad a*s Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula (and I don’t know about you, but I have my fingers freakin’ crossed for that one!)

People took to Twitter with mostly positive reactions to the casting (hurray!), with many highlighting the significance of a young black woman taking on the role of Ariel… because it’s 2019 and it’s totally awesome. However, although we should really just ignore them, there were some trolls too, y’know, as always.

Someone was INSTANTLY triggered and started leaving downright nasty comments that, of course, went viral.

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And after being called tf OUT by decent human beings, they tried to defend themselves by saying they have a ‘half black’ friend so they simply CAN’T be racist… blah blah blah.

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And THEN, if that already wasn’t bad enough, they later turned out to be a distasteful joke.

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MADNESS. But, also good that it’s a “joke”, I guess? Well, there are other people out there that absolutely aren’t just ‘joking’ with their horrific, childish comments and were SERIOUSLY mad with Disney’s casting fantastic choice.

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Like this childish person above.

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And this one who offered a “helpful” but also incredibly racist suggestion.

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Or this person, who for some reason believes that casting a fierce black woman to play Ariel means that her favorite princess is now RUINED (boo hoo).

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And this person who at least said Halle Bailey was beautiful, she just didn’t physically look like Ariel… the fictional mermaid character from a children’s cartoon.

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I really feel for all these poor people who have just had their favorite princess RUINED for them. However will they go on!?

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Ah yes, “changed” her.

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I wonder if people would be this upset if the original little mermaid had been black in the cartoon and Disney chose a white actress to play her in the remake??

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I mean, do these people think that Disney just picked some random celebrity name out of a hat and went “meh, yeah, she’ll do”. Madness.

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Damn this sounds scarily similar to something I said to my ex years ago.

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Aye, thank god, now you and all the other racists and get together and watch it while the rest of us go and watch the no doubt INCREDIBLE remake when it comes out without ya’ll.

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“A color girl”… what exactly is a color girl? Last time I checked, white is a color too.

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It just shocks me so much that so many people don’t seem to understand what racism actually is. Tiana has her own culture, the little mermaid freakin’ doesn’t. HER BEST FRIEND IS A CRAB FROM THE CARIBBEAN.

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Weird how so many people use Tiana as an example, I wonder why that is- OH, that’s right, cause she’s the only princess of color. Check your freakin’ privilege.

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I don’t even know what to say to this one. I mean the AUDACITY to suggest that Disney actually uses a black singers voice, but uses a white actress on screen? Now THAT is controversy. The worst part is, this person has no idea just how freakin’ wrong and problematic this “deal” truly is.