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Little Mermaid: Why is the Halle Bailey starrer facing such backlash with over 3 million haters for the trailer?


Disney’s upcoming movie The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey has faced a racist backlash. This has allegedly led to the latest trailer campaign for The Little Mermaid being voted on with increasing frequency. According to the Twitter page, the latest trailer for the movie has been disliked 3 million times compared to 600,000 likes.

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Racist reaction to the little mermaid

The Little Mermaid has faced a racist backlash since the casting of Halle Bailey as the trailer has been voted on as many as 3 million times. Racists claim that the fictional character Ariel was portrayed as white in the classic 1989 animated movie. So, racists are against casting Halle Bailey in the role.

However, The Little Mermaid has also garnered a positive response with a good number of likes. This has also been evident in the trend of TikTok where parents share videos of their children and are excited to see a black actress in the role.

Recently, even Josh Gad who previously worked with Disney took to Twitter to criticize the racists who hated the YouTube trailer. He wrote, “Imagine that you are so broken and pathetic in life that your chief concern is the skin color of the imaginary singing mermaid.”

Rob Marshall on Halle Bailey

Rob Marshall, director of the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid, said they were looking for the best actor in the role and there was no casting agenda. They auditioned everyone and wanted someone who was “incredibly strong, emotional, beautiful, smart, and intelligent” to play Ariel. Halle Bailey fits all of these criteria according to the director besides having an amazing voice.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.