The Little Mermaid: Fan reactions to first trailer go viral

In recent days, much has been said about the first trailer for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid – 92%, which was launched during Expo D23. Unfortunately, a lot of attention is paid to those who complain that actress Halle Bailey is the main character, while the people who are very happy with this casting are ignored, which are many and are the ones who this new version of the animated classic from 1989.

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Since the actress was announced to bring Ariel back to life, there have been some complaints since the cartoon character was white and a red-haired teenage girl, and this time he is African-American. actress and singer Halle Bailey She is known for the series Grown-ish, as well as the duo Chloe x Halle, together with her sister Chloe Bailey.

Especially in the last six years, information has been spread about why it is important for all people to see themselves reflected in cinema and on television. Throughout its history, Hollywood has prioritized white people, and although there were stories of characters of color, they were almost always portrayed in stereotypical roles; Inclusion is about seeing diversity in all its possibilities and about people stopping being belittled by their appearance.

With the following videos, many will discover how important media representation is, as the reactions of girls of color when they see Ariel are moving. Most Disney princesses are white, and it’s about time we see more princesses who look like most people in the world, since statistically there are far fewer white people than people of color.

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As I scroll through TikTok, I keep seeing parents filming their daughters reacting to the Little Mermaid trailer. So instead of focusing so much on the negative, I thought I’d show a thread with little black girls who are excited to see their favorite princess look just like them.

with Little Mermaid, Disney will empower millions of girls who have felt alienated by the color of their skin to identify with the princess they see on screen. We can see a fairly famous case of how excess whiteness in Disney can affect younger girls in Elsa, from Frozen: A Frozen Adventure – 89%, a princess who became very famous and inspired many girls to want to dress like her, but it only highlighted how underrepresented girls of color are.

Another example of diversity that caused controversy and unfair attacks was that of Pinocchio – 20%, the new movie released on Disney Plus that had Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy, and going forward there is no doubt that we will continue to see an increase in the frequency of characters of color in the company’s productions.

In addition to celebrating the diversity that Disney adds to its classic works where whiteness predominates, we cannot help but mention that some of them have been rightly criticized, although not because of the casting, but because they lack originality, they are copies of animated versions with very few contributions that make them useful.

On the other hand, it’s hard for the company to be convinced that it’s a mistake to continue producing live-action remakes of this type when Beauty and the beast – 71% grossed $1.264 million, Aladdin – 70% collected $1.051 million, and The Lion King – 40% raised US$1,663 million. Less indebted remakes of the original failed, as evidenced by Dumbo – 47% and Mulan – 83%.

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