“So after all this is said and done,” the statement continued, “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.”
Last week, Disney announced Bailey, who is half of the Atlanta singing sister duo Chloe x Halle, would take on the lead role in the live action remake.
The singer and actress, who also stars in Freeform’s “grown-ish,” quickly became a trending topic online. Many said she should not have gotten the role because she doesn’t look like the cartoon version of “The Little Mermaid,” who is white.
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On the other hand, several praised Disney for its choice, applauding the organization for its diversity efforts. Some even posted art of Bailey as Ariel.
Neither Disney nor Bailey has responded to the controversy. However, Bailey has taken to Twitter to thank those who’ve congratulated her. She said playing Ariel is a “dream come true.”
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