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There’s a reason movies are often considered an escape from reality. Animated movies, a lot. However, looking at the recently released teaser for Disney’s live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’, which stars Gasp – 22-year-old Halle Bailey as a black female character – it catches us off guard. Believe that maybe some fantasy actually exists… except it’s clearly not.
In two hours of magical suspension of disbelief — exactly what an underwater mermaid movie should be — the poisonous trolls are hell-bent on “proving” Ariel’s racial history and how she’s not black. If we haven’t already mentioned, Ariel is an angel. And an angel, wait, that’s a created character. Angels is a fictional story.
It’s even more ridiculous how far white supremacists went to prove their racial points in Disney’s 1989 adaptation because they hated and couldn’t digest a woman of color in a major role. .
Of course they had to blackwash Hocus Pocus 2. It’s pretty ridiculous at this point. Not only that, the main cast is incompetent. Hocus Pocus makes me happy, I was so excited for 2, but they honestly ruined it. #GoWokeGoBroke #BoycottDisney
— Fenna Johnson (@JansenFenna) September 10, 2022
#Disney Loves cultural appropriation. Like a white Danish girl destroying the angel and changing her to meet it #I woke up Propaganda. Fortunately, if there are editors, the film will be fine #LittleMermaid #GowokeGobroke #Democrats are the problem pic.twitter.com/OEK4d4evpF
— Julia ❎ (@Iuliamynameis) September 14, 2022
People took on the honorable duty of “protecting” Ariel’s ‘Caucasian heritage’ due to the Danish origin of the original author, Hans Christian Andersen, with the official trailer receiving an avalanche of over 1.5 million likes and derogatory comments within two days. YouTube forces the streaming service to disable this feature. Another went a step further and used artificial intelligence to change Hallie’s face to a white woman.
“Credits to our member artificial intelligence scientist @TenGazillioinIQ,” read a tweet from user ‘vandalibm’ before the account was suspended.
🎶”I want to be part of that AI”🎶 pic.twitter.com/C1V8xogBgq
— Seraphim Rising (@OccupyWpg) September 12, 2022
Another account shared the video, saying, “He fixed the Little Mermaid and turned the waking actor into a ginger white girl. He says he can fix the whole move with 4x A6000 in 24 hours. It’s over for voxels. After facing backlash, the user called the changes “absolutely educational.” Don’t misunderstand it in a racist way,” he said.
The user added, “I’m amazed by a high IQ friend who works with artificial intelligence and wanted to see the things he can do and show people his field of study.”
Another apologist for racism, far-right political commentator Matt Walsh backs it up with science. From a scientific point of view, he believes that it does not mean that a person living deep in the ocean has dark skin. But Ariel is a ‘best fish friend’ and taking the talking crab’s advice makes perfect sense.
“Not only is the Little Mermaid pale, she’s actually supposed to be translucent. They don’t have any kind of pigment…,” he added in his analysis. He later called it a joke.
The last sentence is funny. Gee, Matt Walsh. Maybe, just maybe, The Little Mermaid wasn’t made for white dudes in their mid-30s, you complete clown. pic.twitter.com/DHvBUbvcaY
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 15, 2022
Hashtags like #NotMyAriel and #GoWokeGoBroke are taking to social media to support friendships with Ariel… who unfortunately isn’t.
From the Facebook group ‘Christians Against the Little Mermaid’ to ‘Da Lil Mermaid’ and Mel Gibson’s racist movie posters of Martin Luther King Jr., because the black civil rights activist isn’t a real person anymore (?), the black ‘Little Mermaid’ controversy in 2022 It also highlighted the absurdity of the ever-present racism and racially-motivated attacks.
— Chiefs (2-0) (@CommeBraeGarcon) September 15, 2022
People are crazy.. pic.twitter.com/lPJKYsKyiU
— d🌭n (@hotdogbiscuits) September 14, 2022
Representation, LGBTQ and hypocrisy
Aside from the fact that Ariel isn’t real (we’ve made that abundantly clear) and the insanity of racists armed with fear of ‘white extinction’, the film has evoked heart-warming reactions from little black girls who saw themselves on screen. Proving that representation matters even in animated film.
“I want little girls like me to know that they’re special and that they deserve to be a princess in every way,” Halle told Variety. When Halle sings ‘Part of Your World’ for the first time in ‘The Little Mermaid’ trailer, black parents react to their children watching in disbelief.
What do our girls think of the new Little Mermaid? pic.twitter.com/xjbR8kza0c
— LaTosha Brown (@MsLaToshaBrown) September 15, 2022
Many fans were also concerned about the finer details of the film’s cast. For example, fans hoped that the character of Ursula the sea witch, inspired by the iconic drag queen divinity, would give space to the drag community. However, Melissa McCarthy will play the character.
According to many accounts, the original fairy tale, written by Anderson in 1837, was “a love letter to a man named Edward Collin.”
Historians and literary critics consider Anderson to be bisexual and Colin wrote the story of Ariel from his own experience after marrying a woman. While gatekeepers held up historical accuracy as an argument against a black Ariel, netizens unwittingly pointed out their hypocrisy as the film lacked any gay angle.
“Well, the original little mermaid.”
The original The Little Mermaid is the self-absorbed character of an eccentric human who yearns to be in a relationship with another human, and eventually the mermaid dies.
You don’t care about the original my friend.
— Nome (@NomeDaBarbarian) September 12, 2022
Amazon’s new ‘Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ cast isn’t going down well with fans who are angry over the black and Asian cast, destroying the credibility of JRR Tolkien’s world. As a non-white. Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, the first person of color to play a major role in the Lord of the Rings series, has faced abuse attacks since taking on the role.
Star Wars actors Moses Ingram and John Boyega, along with Steve Toussaint in ‘House of Dragons’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ frontman Lord Corlys Velerion, have shared similar experiences of racist threats for being part of their respective franchises. Anna Diop, who dared to be an orange alien – Starfire in ‘Teen Titans’, ‘The Woman King’ and the yet-to-be-released ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ – faced backlash and threats of boycott. Regardless of whether they play ‘traditionally’ white roles or take on original roles, black actors are subjected to racist abuse.
The widespread hatred of Halley in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and other black characters in Hollywood franchises is the reason the film industry is crying out for more representation.
With a history of culture clash and confusing storytelling, it won’t shock anyone if the cast of the upcoming Disney’s ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ and Marvel’s ‘The Fantastic Four’ recasts get the same treatment.
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