the awaited live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’ won its first and passionate teaser trailer released during the Disney D23which was attended by our editor-in-chief Renato Marathon.
As was to be expected, the video became the target of comment and hate from racist and bigoted people.
The video reached 1.1 million DISLIKES, while it only had 324,000 likes.
In addition, the number of views on the Disney channel did not reach 10 million. Compared to this trailer, ‘Secret Invasion‘ had nearly 13 million views.
The new adaptation of the classic story was already suffering from attacks from more conservative people for bringing Halle Bailey, a black girl, playing Ariel. Now, the release of the trailer has attracted a flurry of dislikes and malicious comments, which tear down derogatory words for the actress and singer for the fact that she is black and for the fact that they have not cast a white person to play the mermaid.
The trailer for the long-awaited live action #The Little Mermaid reached 1.1 million DISLIKES, while it had only 284 thousand likes.
The new adaptation of the classic story was already suffering from attacks from more “conservative” people for bringing a black girl, Halle Bailey, as Ariel. pic.twitter.com/DVCXjkWGQA
— CinePOP (@cinepop) September 12, 2022
Some netizens have even tried to justify prejudiced comments by saying that Bailey’s casting mischaracterizes the original character of Casa Mouse, while others have been saying that representation is killing the classics.
I don’t see anything wrong with people being bothered by not being faithful to the original, I myself don’t bother about not being faithful, for me the acting, the dialogues and how the script is executed are worth much more, but there are those who care, yeah the person’s right, if a black character changed +
— Datte apoia o calvo Ceni 🇾🇪 (@Datte_on) September 11, 2022
I hope the next black panther is blonde with blue eyes to see if you guys will defend in the same way
— Lalo (@Lalo45889008) September 11, 2022
I don’t see it as racism, I see it as what I’ve said before:
The “Disney Classics” are not “classics” for nothing.
You can’t change the characteristics of a classic and expect everyone to like it. ++
— Brazilian in Portugal (@Liv_Nucci) September 11, 2022
Representativeness is ending the works
— Neidson alves🇧🇷 (@Neidsonalves10) September 11, 2022
people don’t understand that this is not racism, but a mischaracterization of a character, there are no redheaded black people (natural), Ariel will always be white and redhead, there is Tiana who is black, would you agree if they put a white character ?
— Ana Carolina (@aninha_timboo) September 10, 2022
Remembering that the film has a premiere scheduled for the day May 26, 2023.
The adaptation in live-action of the classic story will have some changes in relation to the backstory of the main characters – including about the iconic villain Ursula (Melissa McCarthy).
The information indicates that the sea witch will be Ariel’s (Bailey) aunt, something that had already been considered for the animated version of the series. Disney. In fact, in the short story signed by Hans Christian Andersenthe sorceress is unnamed and does not have much prominence in history, having only emerged as the main antagonistic force in 1989.
The cast is also made up of Daveed Diggswho will give life to Sebastian, Melissa McCarthy as the villain Ursula, Awkwafina (‘Jumanji: Next Phase’) as the hilarious Scuttle Seagull, Jacob Tremblay (‘The predator’) as the iconic flounder fish and Jonah Hauer-King (‘Way home’) as Prince Eric.
The Oscar Winner Javier Bardem (‘Mother!’) will be King Triton. Zendaya, Keke Palmer e Chloe Bailey are being tipped to play Ariel’s sisters, while Gugu Mbatha-Raw should play Queen Athena. Jessica Alexander e Or Dumezwini complete the cast, with no roles yet revealed.
Directed by Rob Marshallthe work features music from the original animated film and new music from Alan Menken e Lin-Manuel Miranda.