A real debate erupted on social media after Disney released the official trailer for the real-life version of The Little Mermaid starring actress Halle Bailey.
After the official launch, a group of social media users criticized the film because the main character is a black woman, while the original cartoon showed a young white woman with red hair.
“I don’t like that the Little Mermaid actress is black any more than I would want the Pocahontas actress to be white, that’s not racism, that’s respect for the original movie,” was one of the comments that appeared. on social networks and this was supported by other netizens.
However, the controversy did not stop there, and the comment turned into a snowball for those who assured that, after all, racism can permeate even cartoons.
Considering the negative comments, several videos of black boys and girls have gone viral as they watch the movie’s trailer and smile because the main character has the same skin color.
“She’s black,” “Is that the real Ariel,” “Mom, she’s black like me,” “She’s black like you,” are some of the children’s comments on the videos.
Bailey herself, the main character of the film, reacted to the emotional videos of the children on social networks.
“People have been sending me these reactions all weekend and I’m really ecstatic. It means a lot to me,” he said on his Twitter account.
Last Friday, Disney revealed the first official trailer for the version Live on Little Mermaidone of the beloved classics, both for children and adults, which the American media and entertainment company has been preparing for several months.
“Beyond the sea, I wish I could be… a part of that world. Disney’s The Little Mermaid hits theaters on May 26, 2023.That’s how Disney described the release of the clip on its Twitter account, which has already amassed more than 23 million likes.
The new version of the original story written by the Dane Hans Christian Andersen stars actress Halle Bailey. Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess who longs to go to the surface world, so she makes a deal with the evil Ursula to become human and win Prince Eric’s heart.
“Guys… today was so fascinating and amazing, I’m so happy you can see everything, thanks for the love”expressed the actress through the same social network.
In the trailer, which is 1:23 long, you can hear Halle Bailey singing the hit Little Mermaid; the main character is observed on a stone at the bottom of the sea where inseparable friend Flounder, who will also be present in this adventure.
Ahead of the premiere, fans were left with high expectations and described the trailer as “exciting” and “magical”. These are some of the comments.
“Thank you!!! You just don’t know how many girls from 2 to 42 support you and this movie! Oh, the voices and when you came on screen, I think everyone I know cried when they saw that preview! We love it!”
“I can’t wait to see this movie, to see what Ariel is going to be for this generation, and you are an inspiration and a role model for young black girls and I love that.”
“I am so proud and so excited. I love this movie and I’m so excited to be able to watch it like this. I can not stop crying”.
Through its Instagram account, the company announced that 25-year-old British actor Jonah Hower-King will play Prince Eric and Ariel’s partner, Halle Bailey.
For his part, Spanish actor Javier Bardem will play the main character’s father, King Triton, while the rest of the cast is composed of David Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Aquafina will be Scuttle.
The story, created in 1889 by Hans Christian Andersen, will be directed for the occasion by Rob Marshall and will feature music from the original animated production by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Likewise, the adaptation features four new songs for the musical scenes. In this way, the new version does not want to lag behind the original work, considering that the animated film won two Oscars in the categories of Best Soundtrack and Best Original Song.