Nakatanggap ng backlash ang Disney nang i-announce nila officially ang gaganap na Ariel sa live action remake ng animated film na The Little Mermaid.
Ang Chloe x Halle singer na si Halle Bailey ang napiling gumanap na Ariel. May ilang netizens na binash ang Disney dahil sa pag-cast nila sa isang black woman sa role ni Ariel.
Nagkaroon pa ng online petition na may hashtag na #NotMyAriel para palitan ng isang white actress na mas bagay sa The Little Mermaid.
Para sa ilan kasi, mas gusto raw nilang makita sa big screen ang nakasanayan na nilang red-head white mermaid na mula sa 1989 animated film.
Naglabas naman ng open letter ang Disney para sa mga critics na kinukuwenstiyon ang kanilang choice kay Bailey as Ariel.
“Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish.
"Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish.
"Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair.
“But spoiler alert – bring it back to the top – the character of Ariel is a work of fiction.
"So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you…about you."
Sumang-ayon naman ang magdidirek ng The Little Mermaid live action remake na si Rob Marshall sa pagpili kay Bailey.
“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."
Bukod kay Bailey, nasa cast din ng The Little Mermaid live action remake ay sina Awkwafina and Jacob Tremblay as Scuttle and Flounder respectively.
Si Melissa McCarthy naman ang balitang gaganap sa role bilang ang sea witch na si Ursula.
Wala pang ina-announce kung sino ang actor na gaganap bilang si Prince Eric.
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