Network Gives Opponents of 'Ariel' Casting an Earful - Page 2
Halle Bailey to play the role in live-action The Little Mermaid
Posted Jul 8, 2019 7:02 PM CDT
- Twitter criticism quickly followed the casting announcement, per BET: "Ariel must be a cute girl with white skin and red hair singing sweet and crisp!" "Us white girls, who grew up with The Little Mermaid, deserved a true-to-color Ariel." "The little mermaid was written as white, was white in the film, is based in Denmark and based on a European fairy tale, but is cast as black... How is this not racist and cultural appropriation?"
- There were supportive posts, per BET, some wondering why it's an issue and saying race plays no discernible role in the story, seeing as she's "a cartoon fish woman." Another asked, "Like what is Ariel’s ethnic or cultural identity...fish?"
- The original "Ariel" endorsed Bailey. Jodi Benson voiced the part in the 1989 animated film. "What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart, and their spirit, is what really counts," Benson told a convention over the weekend, per US Magazine.
- Fan art popped up quickly, Forbes reports, with artists including a Marvel illustrator and storyboard artists depicting Bailey in the role and imagining "Ariels" of all shades. One artist posted, per the Huffington Post: "Now many little black girls around the world will be able to look at their screens and say 'That's me! I can be a mermaid too!!'"
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