Disney announced on Wednesday that Black actress and singer Halle Bailey of A Wrinkle in Time and Grown-ish has been cast to play Ariel in the live action version of the classic film The Little Mermaid. Naturally, racists everywhere are pooping their Pampers.
This viral tweet complaining about the Little Mermaid casting being racist has a profile pic stolen from an Instagram model. The “half black best friend” pic is taken from god knows where, but shows up in a bunch of Pinterest BFF roundups pic.twitter.com/aYMwKf1XNl— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) July 4, 2019
Of course that Instagram photo is stolen.
As usual, racists are responding to this new bit of Black representation by throwing away perfectly good DVDs and blu-rays. Meanwhile, Black individuals are left to point out that Disney has largely left them out of their movies for the past 81 years, with Tiana being their only Disney princess.
We white girls actually have seven “official” Disney princesses who look like us and several more lead female characters who aren’t on the official princess list right now, while every other race gets one.
So who actually cares if they cast a Black woman to play a mermaid? If you’re not completely racist, you probably won’t understand if even you try, and we don’t recommend trying.
will smith was the genie, beyoncé is nala, halle as ariel. the blacks are taking over baby girl!!! i know y’all hate to see it. snow black is next. pic.twitter.com/U5cZT7faXd— zahnia (@zmjr_) July 4, 2019
We live in a world where people freak out when POC plays a live-action remake of a cartoon character. pic.twitter.com/VyeG3iUOcM— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) July 4, 2019
well now Ursula has to be white because who else would steal a black woman's voice https://t.co/1Zldve7rPO— ashley ray (@arayyay) July 3, 2019
disney when they were casting for ariel pic.twitter.com/CMFwm9CHOi— ْ (@hallebaileys) July 3, 2019
Black Twitter to everyone complaining about not having a white Ariel https://t.co/RIlP410ieA— TYLERJVCKSON (@TYLERJVCKSON) July 4, 2019
Listening to all the racists complain about Ariel being black, I honestly can’t ???????? pic.twitter.com/eA1x4rj6L0— Ronaldo Ruiters (@RonaldoRuiters) July 4, 2019
Ariel is bringing out a lot of economic anxiety.— Michelle Bhasin (@michellebhasin) July 4, 2019
“Ariel isn’t black”— astro mama ???????? (@melanatedmomma) July 4, 2019
Me, cause Ariel is black pic.twitter.com/DY7fihl7hq
white people tripping off black Ariel but they did this pic.twitter.com/EGxxPJppUK— ???????????????????? (@chefboimari) July 4, 2019
Ariel black, MJ black, Starfire black, Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar black pic.twitter.com/dSiv64jbvi— Tyler Brooks (@thetylerbrooks) July 4, 2019
Locals: “bUt AriEL wAs wHiTe iN thE AniMaTe-— rÁfaga (@rvfaell) July 4, 2019
Many have pointed out that not only is it absurd to complain about this casting choice, it actually makes a lot more sense than white Ariel.
Fact box: the Little Mermaid lives on a TROPICAL CORAL REEF with a calypso-singing lobster with a strong Jamaican accent. When you think about it, it's bizarre she was white the first time around.— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) July 4, 2019
Here for it! Also - before you @ me - it's a mermaid (fictional creature) who lives in the Carribean, so if you're outraged... Pause. https://t.co/PUPtUPPZu4— Alexis Ohanian Sr. ???? (@alexisohanian) July 3, 2019
I dont care who is playing Ariel as long as she has EXACTLY 20 thingamabobs. No more. NO LESS!— kim caramele (@kimcaramele) July 4, 2019
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.— Hillary Monahan (@HillaryMonahan) July 3, 2019
You spoiled, racist brats.
These people complaining about the casting of a black woman for Ariel. ????????♀️Ariel is half fish, breathes underwater, is best friends with a seagull and has her voice stolen by a woman with tentacles...But dark skin?! Now that’s just far fetched...????— Carrie Hope Fletcher (@CarrieHFletcher) July 4, 2019
Y’all mad Ariel is of color but there are kids being separated from their families, dying in cages at the boarder... but that’s none of my business.— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) July 4, 2019
“IM BOYCOTTING DISNEY!!!! ARIEL IS WHITE!!!”— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 4, 2019
- People who believe Jesus was white.
Your post on Facebook about how Ariel should be white isn’t “staying true to the story”. The “story” revolves around mythological creatures who are not real and have looked different all throughout history. You’re just being racist, Karen.— princess of genovia (@misskatstroud) July 4, 2019
Go back to posting about essential oils on Facebook, Karen.