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.