The world has had a lot to say about the leading role of Halle Bailey in the Disney live action remake The little Mermaid. While many people have praised Bailey's cast as Ariel, some are not happy that a black actress has landed the role and protested through the hashtag #NotMyAriel.
As people continue to reflect on the cast, the actress herself speaks and does not stop.
Bailey's response to hate is not annoying
The singer, who is half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, offered her thoughts on criticism at the Variety Power of Young Hollywood event on August 6. Variety that she really hasn't let the detractors get to her because the role is "something bigger than [her]. "
"I feel like I'm dreaming," he told the publication. "And I'm grateful. I don't pay attention to negativity; I feel this role is something bigger than me. And it's going to be beautiful. I'm so excited to be a part of that."
More about Bailey's role as Ariel
Rob Marshall, the director of the next film, announced that Bailey obtained the role in a shared statement in early July. "After an exhaustive search, it became very clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance, in addition to a glorious voice to sing, all the intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role," said the statement. (through People)
Fans quickly went to social networks to congratulate Bailey for the role, which he called a dream come true."
"Halles does it DONE," actress Halle Berry tweeted. "You have expanded the princess world in many ways and I am absolutely very excited to bring Ariel to life." Grown-ish Yara Shahidi star.
But the cast also received a flood of criticism. "So, everyone is colorblind?" One person wrote in response to the announcement. "Boycott this movie!" Commented another.
Many people defended Bailey
Obviously, people were not happy with the casting and did not contain their feelings. But others did not let their comments pass. Disney-owned cable network, Freeform, responded to critics in a statement shared through social media. "Danish mermaids can be black because * Danish * people * can be black," he wrote on Instagram, noting that Ariel is a "work of fiction."
Historical academics and journalists echoed those comments and also wrote articles that indicated that black mermaids had existed long before the creation of the 1989 film.
And Jodi Benson, who expressed Ariel in the original film, defended the casting for ComicBook.com, telling the media that, at the end of the day, the most important thing is to "tell the story."
"The most important thing is to tell the story," he explained to the store. "And no matter how we look abroad, it does not matter our race, our nation, the color of our skin, our dialect, if I am tall or thin, if I am overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever color, we really need to tell the story, and that's what we want to do, we want to make a connection with the audience, so I know for Disney that they have the heart to tell stories, that's really what they are trying to do, they want to communicate with all of us in the audience so we can fall in love with the movie again. "
People are likely to continue saying what they want, but Bailey is clearly looking forward and moving forward. This is how you do it.