Disney recently announced Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming remake of the classic and while some got seriously offended, others are actually happy with the black mermaid.
Honestly, you can cast Idris Elba in any movie and I would buy tickets just to see him. Now that Disney has announced Hale Bailey as Ariel for the highly anticipated Little Mermaid remake, the internet is looking for King Triton. There are so many black actors out there who can totally nail the role but the most popular choice seems to be Idris Elba and I am here for it! Are you? No? Wait, let me convince you.
Among the thousands of people who are bugging Disney to cast Elba is artist Boss Logic who has, in fact, created a poster where we see Elba has King Triton and boy, it looks AMAZING! "So are we getting @idriselba as King Triton now? #TheLittleMermaid" he tweeted along with the artwork and the internet is going crazy! But will Elba be up for it? The internet wanted him to play Bond, too, but the man denied saying "I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris, not ones that take over me and solely define me."
But hey, Terry Crews has nominated himself to play Ariel's angry dad in the live-action remake. “Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the 55-year-old best known for Brooklyn Nine-Nine tweeted a hilarious image of himself photoshopped into Triton's body, totally rocking that fishtail. He also added the hashtags #ArielsGotTerry and #AmericasGotTerry so that fans can chime in and get the word out. Terry Crews as King Triton? I can see that happening!
Other actors who will be playing parts in the movie are Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina. Comedian and writer Melissa McCarthy, famous for Life of the Party, Identity Thief, and Bridesmaids has been approached by Disney to play the role of the iconic villain Ursula. The deal is still in early talks and not many people are happy about it. Ever since it was reported that Melissa might play Ursula, people have been asking Disney to cast Lizzo instead.
As per the main lead, a major controversy still surrounds Disney's casting choice and believe it or not, a VERY large number of people are MAD that a fictional mermaid is going to black. In fact, Christians are so offended they have created a Facebook group called 'Christian's Against The Little Mermaid (Boycott Halle Bailey)' and it has about 50k followers already. Imagine being THAT pissed about a movie when they are so many social issues out there which NEED to be talked about...
Nearly 50K bigots joined a @facebook group ‘Christians Against the Little Mermaid’ to protest @Disney casting a Black actress as Ariel.— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) July 8, 2019
Police unjustly murdering Blacks
Migrant kids locked in cages
Children murdered in their schools
‘Christians’ protesting a Black mermaid... pic.twitter.com/Xicj2AYyZU
And there's more! Ever since the casting announcement was made, people with a little too much time on their hands have been trending '#NotMyAriel' across social media to voice their opinion, stating that they will not be watching the movie if Disney doesn't change the lead. Freeform, Disney's cable network, has penned down an open letter to the haters, making it very clear that Halle Bailey is here to stay. Don't like her? Don't watch the movie. Simple.
It isn't about racism, fuck off... It's just about the actress chosen not looking like the little mermaid everyone knows and loves in their minds... Not everything is hate and discrimination in this world dear neomillenials... #NotMyAriel pic.twitter.com/f5aBe7YYDj— Adrián Leyva (@PaninoYan) July 5, 2019
"Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel...is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let's say that Ariel, too, is Danish. Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair," reads the letter.
"But spoiler alert - bring it back to the top - the character of Ariel is a work of fiction. So, after all, this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she 'doesn't look like the cartoon one,' oh boy, do I have some news for you...about you,"it adds. (ba-dum-tsss)
Rob Marshall of Mary Poppins Returns is directing the movie and also producing it along with Miranda, Marc Platt, and John DeLuca. Academy Award-nominated celebrated screenwriter behind Life of Pi, Finding Neverland, and The Chronicles of Narnia, David Magee is the scribe so you know, your favorite Disney princess movie is in right hands. Will you be watching? What do you think of Disney's casting choice?
No. Ariel is a white redhead. Stop trying to please all the racist cry babies, Disney! Boycotting this disgrace. #notmyariel— HeatherRichelle81 (@HRichelle81) July 8, 2019
I grow Up with Red hair green eyes white skin Ariel not black. Halle Bailey is pretty and talented and i’d like to see her playing Tiana but Ariel no no no #NotMyAriel— fearfuljane (@putina_12) July 4, 2019
My problem with the new Little Mermaid is that Halle Bailey will never be Ariel because she will always be the "the black Ariel". If living in the shadow of white people is all black people want to remembered for then I guess we'll have to continue settling for less. #NotMyAriel— micah twombley (@micah2mbley) July 7, 2019