Actress Halle Bailey’s Casting As Ariel In Little Mermaid faced ‘R*cist’ Backlash Online

The Chloe X Halle singer was declared as the lead for Disney’s live-action remake of’The Little Mermaid’ this week. But the news has been met with criticism and a #NotMyAriel trend.

This week, singer Halle Bailey was announced as the lead role of Ariel in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’. The 19-year-old, best known for performing close by her sister Chloe in their R&B duo Chloe X Halle, has acted previously in popular sitcom Grown-ish.

“In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE,” wrote Halle’s Twitter account. “Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!”

“dream come true,” was also posted from the duo’s account alongside a picture of Halle as Ariel.

The casting announcement leads to hoards of congratulatory messages from famous people and Disney fans alike, including entertainer Zendaya who was recently tipped for the role.

But in spite of the positive reaction, others were quick to criticise Disney on their choice of casting, with numerous saying that Ariel ought to have the outstanding red hair and fair skin she sports in the cartoon

The hashtag #NotMyAriel even began circulating on social media as users fought against Bailey’s casting.

While many users were accused of r*cism, others responded by arguing that they were simply upset that the iconic Disney princess wouldn’t look like she did in their favourite childhood film.


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Written by Shashank