During the Disney D23 convention, the first trailer for the playable version of The Little Mermaid was shown, which will feature Halle Bailey as Ariel. While many met and ended up being represented by a black protagonist playing a young mermaid, others criticized the choice of an actress as the character’s interpreter.
Therefore, a video released on the Disney channel causes an avalanche of dislikes on Youtube. It’s worth remembering that the movie has been the target of online attacks ever since Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel. The black actress and singer caused dissatisfaction among some fans who were expecting a more faithful version of the 1989 cartoon.
YouTube has removed the public dislike count for videos as of November 2021. However, you can view rejection numbers using the Google Chrome browser extension. O video in English the Disney page, for example, has over 9 million views, 371,000 likes, and 1.2 million dislikes.
In addition, according to information from Diversity, The Little Mermaid trailer has over 104 million views worldwide. The teaser showed all the latest Disney games, including Cruella (68 million views), Beauty and the Beast (94 million views), Aladdin (74 million views) and Maleficent 2 (62 million views). . Due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, The Little Mermaid figures do not include views from the UK, Ireland and Australia.
Of course, the backlash is not unanimous. The trailer also generated a lot of positive feedback among black girls who were surprised to see Halle Bailey as Ariel. In videos that are circulating on social media, several children expressed their joy and surprise at seeing the character. Connect only:
This compilation of videos about the reaction of black children when they saw Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid 🥺 pic.twitter.com/Uty83a3U2R
— Tracklist (@tracklist) September 12, 2022
Video of black girls reacting to ‘The Little Mermaid’ trailer goes viral: ‘She’s just like me.’ Halle Bailey stars in the new Disney movie. pic.twitter.com/r6aM2MteMu
— ART (@antunesarth) September 12, 2022
Bailey also told Variety how important family support was after the racist comments questioning director Rob Marshall’s decision to star. “I want little girls like me to know that they are special and should be princesses in every way. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be. That confidence was just what I needed.”
Directed by Rob Marshall, also responsible for Chicago and Mary Poppins Returns, the film is touted as a retelling of the 1989 Oscar-winning animated musical classic. the mermaid Ariel sings an excerpt from the song “Part of Your World” from the original film.
The release of the new version of “The Little Mermaid” in theaters is scheduled for May 26, 2023. Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, Aquafina, Javier Bardem and David Diggs round out the main cast. Watch the trailer below: