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.
— billie ♡ (@billievanderpol) July 4, 2019
@Disney I'm sorry but being a little girl with red hair Ariel was character I looked up to when I was growing up. Very upset by the choice for the remake. I will not be going to see it, you've ruined it for me. #notmyariel #childhoodmemoriesruined #longliveredheads #LittleMermaid pic.twitter.com/mlCwWIFoKi
— Courtney Moss (@ShortNoze) July 3, 2019
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.
White people complaining they cast a black girl as Ariel: Disney created 49 films from 1937-2009 before delivering their first black princess with Tiana. Black girls watched an entire catalog NEVER seeing themselves. For 70 years.
You spoiled, racist brats.
— Hillary Monahan (@HillaryMonahan) July 3, 2019
"iM nOt rAcIsT bUt tHe LiTtLe mErMaID nEeDs tO bE wHiTe"
Spare me the nonsense that Ariel NEEDS to be white, she is a MYTHOLIGIAL SEA CREATURE.
— Skyler Shuler (@Skylerhxc) July 1, 2019
This has nothing to do with race, this has everything to do with her not looking anything like Ariel. If you truly are anti racist you shouldn't support black people being forcibly put into places and should pressure disney to make another black princess ✌🏾.#NotMyAriel
— RED LOCKS AND THICK SOCKS (@Cola_Red_Hair) July 4, 2019