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Halle Bailey Responds to ‘Little Mermaid’ Backlash

There was much controversy when 19-year-old singer and actress Halle Bailey was announced to play Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid back in early July.

 

Halle Bailey

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While there were plenty of positive comments and praises for the young actress, many reacted with fervor and rage. The comments were largely racial, criticizing that Ariel should be white and red-headed, like the original animated movie, instead of being played by a black actress.

 

 

Let’s go through some history first. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s short story of the same name was adapted for the movie. In that adaptation process, many things were changed.

 

'Little Mermaid' Short Story

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In the short story, Ariel eventually finds herself in a situation where she needed to kill the sleeping prince lying with his new bride. Unable to do it, Ariel threw herself into the water, dissolved into sea foam and became an earthbound spirit. During this, she learns that because of her selflessness, she is given a chance to rise to the Kingdom of God if and only if she does good deeds for mankind for three-hundred years.

 

Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'

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In the animated movie, she and the Prince take down the evil Ursula and Ariel becomes a human. Changes were made. For perspective, The Little Mermaid isn’t the only Hans Christian Andersen story that was adapted by Disney, the second being Frozen. To list the changes made in that adaptation process would be overwhelming.

 

 

Plus, many live-action remakes have been criticized, notably the recent The Lion King remake, for being too similar to their animated counterparts. So maybe some changes are in order. Plus, if Ariel being black isn’t that big of a change, then what’s the big deal anyway?

 

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Regardless, there was an onslaught of vicious and hateful comments directed towards this young actress. Nevertheless, Halle Bailey has stayed positive. She told Variety at the Power of Young Hollywood gala Tuesday that:

 

I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m just grateful and I don’t pay attention to the negativity…I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.

 

Personally, I feel that Disney has done a great job with wrapping their classic characters into a cute bundle of nostalgia. As a result, people see characters like Ariel and become more sentimental. Thus it’s harder for people to accept change because of that emotional attachment. But you know what?

 

Change is good.

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Change is good, so rock on Halle!

 

 

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Comic Adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’ Diving Onto Your Bookshelf!

Swim into this news, Disney fans! A comic adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, has been announced a week after the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel the upcoming live action remake of the Disney film. The comic will retell the story of the animated film with the classic designs that you doubtlessly remember from childhood. According to The Hollywood Reporter  the series will be released by Dark Horse Comics. The series will be adapting the animated film’s story, which is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, very closely but through Ariel’s eyes, allowing us a more intimate look at the events strictly from her POV. The aim of the series will be to truly see what Ariel was thinking as she deals with finding true love, grappling with her father King Triton, and fighting against the evil sea-witch Ursula.

 

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The comic will be entitled Disney: The Little Mermaid and will be launching as a three issue limited series. The series will be written by Cecil Castelluci, with artwork by Zulema Scotto Lavina. Castelucci’s previous writing credits include the critically acclaimed Soupy Leaves Home, as well as other comics such as The P.L.A.I.N. Janes, Female Furiesand Shade: The Changing GirlShe has previous experience working on a Disney adaptation comic, having written Snow White and The Seven Dwarfswhich also told the classic animated film’s story from Snow White’s point of view.

 

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The comic will be launching October 16th, doubtlessly building hype for the upcoming live action film in the future. Are you excited to revisit the sea and all the denizens within in comic form? Tell us in the comments! In the meantime, you can revisit the original animated film or even better, read the story it was based on! But be warned, it’s a little darker.

 

 

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