Halle Bailey Addresses Backlash Over Black Ariel in New Little Mermaid Film

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Halle Bailey, who plays Ariel in the new live-action movie, The Little Mermaid, has addressed the backlash over her being cast as the lovable main character.

Taking to her YouTube channel to share a Q&A, the actress shared that:

“The fact that now it’s getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, woman of colour, I’m just like, wow, I’m so grateful for what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me.

“Because I know if I had seen myself when I was younger, I think my whole perspective would’ve changed.”

She added:

“I definitely think that because I love this movie so much, and I’ve treasured it since I was a little girl, I did put a bit of pressure on myself. Just because I want to deliver all of the feels that I saw when I was a little girl.”

“Knowing that gave it my all and gave 110 percent into everything of this film, I am really proud of myself.”

Watch below:

The live-action trailer for The Little Mermaid was released and received a lot of negative backlash, with over 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube.

Many Disney fans felt that the visual effects that we have come to expect were not up to scratch.

The trailer went viral after parents filmed their kids reactions and posted them online, many of whom were young black girls.

Watch the wholesome video below:

 

Watch the trailer below:

The movie will be released to theatres in May 2023.

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