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Keke Palmer lashed out at white critics of Halle Bailey's unconventional casting in the upcoming live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid.

The 25-year-old actress and singer, who was the first Black actress to play Cinderella on Broadway, defended Halle's casting as Ariel during an appearance on Good Morning America's Strahan and Sara on Monday.

"What's up y'all, it's me, the black Cinderella," Keke addressed the critics. "And I know you're scared because Hollywood is making an effort to be more diverse in the people that they show on screen. But let me ask you this: why can't a mermaid be black? Why is that too unrealistic for you - because you do know she's friends with a talking crab, and I know you're not the sharpest people, but crabs can't talk. In fact, the entire thing is fiction! And, since the beginning of the entertainment industry, the most roles for black women were that of the maid. So it's about damn time we get to play the mermaid."

A mermaid is a fictional creature with a human head and upper torso and a fish-like tail instead of legs.

The hashtag #NotMyAriel began trending on Twitter.com hours after Disney announced the casting of Halle as Ariel in the reboot. Disney fans criticized the studio for ruining their childhood memories of Ariel as a mermaid with blue eyes and red hair.

In an editorial in The Washington Post, a writer blamed the backlash on "part of the wave of white nostalgia that Donald Trump used to win the presidency by appealing to white, working-class Americans who feel marginalized by the country’s growing diversity."

Halle is a Black R&B singer, who along with her sister Chloe, was signed to a record deal by semi-retired singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter who spotted them on YouTube.

Keke is the latest star to defend Halle's casting. Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in Disney's animated film The Little Mermaid, applauded Disney bosses for awarding the 19-year-old the role.

"I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters, she told fans at Florida Supercon over the weekend. "What you bring to the table in a character, as far as their heart and their spirit, is what really counts."

"We need to be storytellers. And no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the color of our skin, our dialect, whether I'm tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever color, we really need to tell the story."

As the backlash continued on social media, Reddit.com users decided to have a little fun with the controversy by reimagining Black historical figures and fictional characters as Caucasian.

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  • WutizstillHERE!

    I guess we all forgot when Brandy played Cinderella.. https://media0.giphy.com/media/JatIJhjbmkOzu/giphy.gif

  • Lovely1

    lol It's something wrong with folks man. I totally support Keke Palmer and how well she articulated herself. Hollywood only wants to envision Black women a certain way....even if the portrayal is that of a fish. How sad. https://media3.giphy.com/media/25R4GaPdzw1l2F67wS/giphy.gif

  • Lovely1

    Y'all know it's against the rules for there to be more than 1 Black Princess in cartoon world at a time. lol Gotta be spaced out.

  • iWasteTime

    Nah we ain't forget but there was no social media, petitions, gofundme. private groups all lobbying to make Ariel white again!

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    Girrrrl I was just about to say that!! And that was one of my favorite movies "Impossible"!!!

  • iWasteTime

    This dumb ass debate is the reason why as a country we are stalled.
    In the Original Little Mermaid. The one Disney stole from Hans Christian Andersen The little mermaid is GREEN!, Fictional, and when she gets legs and feet each step she takes is wrought with pain and she bleeds. Once she marries the prince she misses home and offs that dude and goes back to being a mermaid.
    Where folk mad when she was white and not GREEN!! Especially as a cartoon?!?

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Let me tell you how absolutely diabolically genius Disney's money making machine is. they know that right now AmeriKKKlans are very sensitive right now. Just like Colin and Nike, Lil Nax X and Wranglers, they will make a HUGE profit off lil Mermaid because they KNOW we will support because THEY hate it so much.. very clever..very clever indeed. This sales will be up there with Black Panther..watch.. Disney is about to strike BLACK GOLD https://media0.giphy.com/media/xT9IgNvvcp14rl6PRu/giphy.gif

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Wypipo are so fragile.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Disney is so clever to do this... they do not care about white or black.. their focus is green and they just struck BLACK GOLD.. they know we will go out in droves to see this..

  • chaisun

    “Mermaids” true origin is West African and they're called Mami Wata. That’s the one thing they are glossing over. If they want to be specific, which we know they refuse since it doesn’t fit the white narrative. Whenever they have something creative, cool or “trendy” you can always trace to the beginning and it never starts with european culture...whatever that means. It always starts with us.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This shyt here is a pointless azz distraction ..... waayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more pressing damn issues ....... and I can't Stomach Keke !!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ae8f4ffecb21df6d704ae8903cf9b357221b3764e98181a3f57bcd0acd2b348.gif pass to all of it ...... I ain't going to see the shyt no ways .... and damn sho ain't supporting the Lion King ......... pERIODT

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ..... chile !!!!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Mermaids are fictional creatures. Who cares what RACE she is? She is FIC-TION-AL. So much energy on something so damn it stupid

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ridiculous! Fawking ridiculous

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Naw Nobody forgot. It keeps being brung up in this mess and when she was Cinderalla it was an outrage then too. Internet wasnt as widespread as it is now is the diff. But folks were indeed pissed over it. Its still reviews out there slamming the production overall (read one over the weekend by the Chicago Tribune circa 1997) but really we know they was mad mad over her being black

    *tidbit: Whitney Houston was supposed to have been Cinderella but they kept delaying it so much that by the time they were ready she was mid 30s, married, with a baby.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    She's doing a voiceover not a live action movie. LOL

  • pure_rachet

    Those memes are funny...

  • Ni Ni

    I wish black film makers would make a movie based on mami wata and her kingdom. It seems black film makers dont want to step outside the box and just stick to comedies and romance films.

  • TheWildChild

    Ha ?All this over a "Voice-over?"... those memes ?the irony of fictional characters ????? ....but gotta love this real black mermaid ?

    https://youtu.be/_WcWHZc8s2I

  • chrissy w

    Why is this such a big deal? Oh, because America is racist.
    #carryon

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  • Ghetto Real Name

    She is beautiful as hell in this video

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah its a live action movie, she will be playing Ariel.

  • ALLMINE?

    She's not black. ???? why do we care about entertainment so much. Lol

  • ALLMINE?

    As hell

  • TheWildChild

    Exactly ?... .I wish they would go and cast Taylor Swift as "Sarah Jane" in a remake of 'Imitation of Life' ? and wait for the backlash. Sick of this mermaid ish'?

  • ALLMINE?

    We care obviously lol

  • sherri2016

    Why are people so outraged that an imaginary mermaid is black when Hollywood white washes POC all the time like Liz Taylor playing Cleopatra or Jim Caviziel playing Jesus who the Bible described as Hair of Wool feet of coal

  • Gloria

    ????? In other news, Jeffrey Epstein pedophile ass was arrested again. Y’all think he gonna expose his pedophile elite friends (AKA Trump and Bill Clinton)?

  • chaisun

    I agree. I think it’d be fascinating if our creatives branched out. Imagine combatting hatred of us through history and knowledge.

  • LeeSeeCee

    Keke is making a valid point. It is a CARTOON. OMG, this is the stupidist sh*t ever!! How does a cartoon character compare to an actor portraying a live person?? This is really the hill that some folks really want to die on? Really? https://media2.giphy.com/media/PnbVGSoAB5jiHkdepW/giphy.gif

  • pure_rachet

    Did you hear one of his planes was named the Lolita Express? So redo and disgusting. I hope he exposes everyone.

  • T865!

    Whose the most miserable race on Earth when they’re not on top??

  • LeeSeeCee

    I like your line of reasoning...

  • Gloria

    Oh yeah. Bill has been on the Lolita Express several times.

    And me too! I was pissed that he basically got a slap on the wrist and a nice deal that protects all the pedophiles in his inner circle the last time he was charged.

  • Carrington

    I like this young lady. I used to love to watch her and her sister's youtube videos back in the day before they got signed. The older sister always irked me because you could tell that she wanted to be the "star" of the group long before one was identified as the "standout". I ain't no hater, but I can't stand that "hollywoodish" thing she does.

    This sister appears to be more humble and I like that about her.

  • Kanyade

    See, you done did it now. I'm not gonna be able to get this song out of my head...and guess what? That's all right!. Love Deluxe was an AWESOME album. https://media3.giphy.com/media/fhhyVGY1WD1rG/giphy.gif

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Not a word was heard when they casted Elizabeth Taylor as cleopatra! And all the ancient Egyptians as white! Here’s the thing ppl don’t like when you pull a them on them. Anyway I’ve noticed as of lately these production companies have been pulling stunts to get black folks out in droves prior to black panther (cause folks had an issue with that) black ppl was at home utilizing their fire sticks and the box offices weren’t doing so well since then I e noticed all this NEED to include black folks and switch up roles that good old black dollar spends better and more abundantly than that white dollar cause blacks folks tend to spend more and too dollar with less requirements where as white folks when they spend their money they want a bargain a deal and you gotta jump through hoops to please them, with black folks all you gotta do is make a FICTIONAL character black and ya breaking box office records and making billions of dollars. Folks already talking about making this movie break records when in reality the money is going to the same folks who made Ariel and all the other characters white. ? now of they were going to split the pot with the black girl down the middle then I could see how showing up and showing out would be good but the money still going to Disney. (End rant)

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  • Ni Ni

    Is that the one that has the Beyonce mannerisms? I watched an award show recently and they were introducing someone and one of the girls had so much attitude. She kept moving the microphone up abd down and her head side to side while talking.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    What got me mad about this is that they've been doing this white was in movies for years!!! Yul Brenner and Charlton Heston both played Egyptians in The Ten Commandments as well as countless other yts who have portrayed African Americans...Anybody who feels some type of way that is white is racist...Halle can sing and she has that sweet voice which is perfect for Ariel...Oh and dont forget that the Lil Mermaid was literally rooted in Caribbean and Calypso music...the yt's be forgetting about all that...

  • Ni Ni

    Right there are many african legends just waiting to be told.

  • WhoKnew

    Very true. Well stated rant...

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    You are saying nothing but the truth. We have a whole religion on its own dedicated to mermaids and water spirits, we also have the Osun festival where we celebrate Yeye Osun the goddess of fertility who is also a mermaid. We have Yemoja too, Oluweri Magbojo and so on.

  • Carrington

    On another note... I'm embarrassed for white America since they can't find another VALID issue to champion. You're mad that a FISH is being portrayed by a black girl? We can't even be FISH? That's like being mad that Whoopi got to play a hyena in The Lion King... they're cartoons!
    Elizabeth Taylor, with lavender eyes and pale skin got to be Cleopatra - an Eqyptian queen! An EQYPTIAN QUEEN!!

  • TheWildChild

    Right ? .... maybe they'll let us have Ariel if we give em this....? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/356ca882f89db3683ead9a64300036a689d43839dfdfb45383740ef5d03af26d.jpg

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I met them last year at my part-time job...They were so sweet and no one recognized them at all until one customer freaked out...I assisted Chloe while Halle was looking at face masks...very beautiful young women...

  • Carrington

    Yep! That's her. She wants to be Beyoncé so hard it KILLS her. And it's a shame that she acts like that because she can BLOW!! She's bad. But she needs to BECOME a star before she ACTS like one. There's a thin line between confidence and arrogance.

  • chaisun

    And white men play Jesus all day every day!

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Gee thought I was the only one who noticed the attitude ish she exudes in Grownish.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    It’s waaaaaaaaay more than them baby it’s rumored to be the elite of the elite he ain’t gone tell on them folks we taking royals and head of countries and most of your who’s who in hollweird I posted in the comments a loooonnng time ago about a blind item I read in 2017 about an island where the elites go to have sex with kids little boys included and some of those kids were brought in from poor countries and one of the visitors on the island likes real young little boys and he would do awful things to them and some may not have survived they also said one guy liked the kids that didn’t speak English so he wouldn’t know what they were saying when they were crying out! It was a very long read to be a blind item and I knew it was true when I read it I didn’t ever think the story would really come out that site did many updates on that story no other blogs posted it or spoke on it. We not talking teens we talking little kids like 8 also I see they only showing the teen white girls they need to dig up the brown and black babies and kids they stole from other countries and had them on the island but sadly I don’t think a lot of them lived it’s more than sex I believe folks were dying too in the midst of all that sickness and perversion!

  • Nina Ross

    I thought the didn’t see color??

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    She sings like Bey too actually. They both have lobely voices but Chloe has that Beyonce tone.

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Lmao. Facts !

  • chaisun

    Right, exactly. I’ve not heard anyone really mention this during this episode of white fragility hypocrisy.

  • WhoKnew

    I agree with Keke. Why can't a mermaid be black? Being more diverse won't end racism because it's like an incurable disease but being more diverse does help and I don't care if the reason you're casting more people of diverse colors is because you want our "black" dollas. Bottomline is everyone deserves a chance to work in their profession regardless of the color of their skin and unfortunately it affects us the most.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    ?

  • Bossy704

    Can we talk about Jessica Alba replacing Aaliyah in Honey? I get mad when the parents don't match.

  • WhoKnew

    Not Sarah Jane? Actually I watched Imitation of Life last night.

  • stav

    They had a white man play the Lone Ranger , a white woman as Cleopatra, a white cast for the God's of Egypt, and the list goes on and on and on, but they are unaware/forgetful of the whitewashing of real black people, but has the nerve to take issue with a fictional character. Some of those people.....

  • Kanyade

    There's a whole television show on the CW or something in which one of the mermaid sistern and brothern come in all shades.

    It is really simple. To those who say #notmyariel, then simply DO NOT SEE THE MOVIE. Disney will be fine without you. https://media2.giphy.com/media/S92wTYF3Nwh5k50tXR/giphy.gif

  • Ni Ni

    Yes, they definitely have talent, but it's overshadowed by that Beyonce influence i hear in their sound. Maybe in a few years they will start to come into their own.

  • Guest

    Siren. I watch it on Hulu.

  • iWasteTime

    I want her to be Ursla so bad!!!!
    She'd kill it!

  • Bossy704

    I do think Taylor would do a good job. The second Sarah (after Fredi Washington) was Caucasian.

  • iWasteTime

    we getting a post of that shameful fight at the Cubs game ?
    All those children in the stands watching

  • Kimocha

    Damn!... Wyt ppl really BIG mad over a cartoon character on social media having a fit!... Smdh!!!

    https://media1.giphy.com/media/DZR39sOOQWP8A7UoVs/giphy-downsized-medium.gif

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    My bad.

    Trying to post and keep up with Serena's match at the same time.

  • Guest

    I hope they give her red dreads too! They wanna start some shit. We got time.

  • WhoKnew

    Sort of on and off topic...I saw a picture of baby Archie's christening photo and he looks just like his deddy Harry red hair and all. He would be a cute/mischievous baby version of the cartoon character Archie when he's around 5 y/o but we know that'll never happen.

  • Naomi

    It was so weird. Why not have another black artist replace Aaliyah instead? The movie is based off a black choreographer...now all the sudden she's Latina? Huh?

  • hottlanta

    Yul brenner was phune with that tan.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    hey MAD MAD! After they tried to make Nefertiti WHITE!

  • hottlanta

    Please white folks got some nerve but still havent told the public that eartha kitt was the original cat woman in the batman series but they always refer to michelle peifer. I am pissed bcas they showed a grown azz man licking n fingering 2 cartons of blue bell ice cream. They locked his dumb azz up. Why do folks wanna be famous for being stupid.

  • hottlanta

    Get the one with tge fights at the new dôme at a Falcons football game.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    EXACTLY "PLAYING"! Even tho there bible say Bronze Skin, Wool Hair,Red Eyes Etc. even tho white folks lack of melanin could not stand the heat whilst SUNBURN/Skinc Cancer and some walking across those deserts in Egypt. ONLY MELANIN can stand the heat and get bronzed kissed by the sun!

  • hottlanta

    Santa claus as well. Aint no fat white man climbing in my chimney.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    oh they're not ready for the Orishas hunny. I don't even want the alabasters mentioning Oshun's name!!

  • Brooklyn23

    Omg I forgot about these sisters my daughter put me on to them. Such beautiful voices
    'We use to love'

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    One of finest men to ever walk the earth...

  • chaisun

    Can you imagine. I’d be terrified. ?

  • chaisun

    You’re right ?. Next thing you know they’ll say they “created” that too.

  • tintin

    Halle is black and has dread locks.

    white ppl so dumb they probably think Ariel gonna get dreadlocks on her head, that's why they really up in arms about this.

    halle voice is so perfect for Ariel, she has a baby cute voice, that's all it is , a damn voice. I just can't stand whitey, there are bigger problems to worry about.

  • Miss Thang

    This is so stupid. Why can’t we have our own black mermaid? Why tf we gotta force these people to make this character black? What’s the point? I could understand if the character did not have a physical description in the story but she DOES.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I am sick and tired of the mermaid shenanigans. Get the entire fvck outta here...There is no such creature as a half human/half fish, no proof that some shidt like that even exist..therefore no one knows what color the legendary creature is because she’s a fictional character.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    You must be really upset because your font is usually way more colorful with the spelling...

  • iWasteTime

    No one forced Disney to do anything.
    They held auditions and Halle killed it and was picked. Period
    She is beautiful and has the voice for Ariel

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  • joel adams

    I’m here for it
    Although: I hope they bring the story to life and NOT slap a big ole lipstick red wig on this kid

  • Lainy Damone

    Ok but y'all know that's not a photo of Keke that's Chole and Halle

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    People of color need to start IGNORING ignorant people and their comments https://media1.giphy.com/media/8ZO55j9c2TYmk/giphy.gif

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Nothing is wrong with casting a black mermaid. This one however was handpicked by beyonce and there goes my problem. I dont want texas twangyonce to pick my next disney princesses, i already lost the lion king. There are 4 girls i follow on ig one is dark brown and they all have deep res hair and freckles, they can sing and one is a drama major, my point is a lot of black girls could have played ariel why not audition and maybe even discover new talent? Im over the circle of light skin girls who keep the opportunities amongst themselves only. But i do think halle is beautiful and i wish her the best.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    I don't understand why sprites have such an issue with this when Hollyweird has been whitewashing roles for decades. The last example I can think of is the Prince of Persia.

  • Chapter29Chick

    Oh baby! That was my movie as a little girl! My absolute favorite! I knew all the songs and showed out when it came on.

  • Chapter29Chick

    And Whitney killed it. Stole the show eventhough Brandy was the star.

  • Chapter29Chick

    Actually there are markings on ancient caves that are similar to mermaids which tells an interesting story of mermiaids and the ancient relationship of humans and dolphins.

  • 88

    The question is will the prince be black

  • Wile E. Coli

    Looks like someone didn't learn anything from "Annie"

  • Let them eat cake

    chile....

  • Let them eat cake

    there actually are mermaids but they are demons...80% of the ocean remains unexplored. mermaids come from the marine kingdom and its biblical as well.

  • Let them eat cake

    they may be doing this to make green but im glad this isn't some stereotypical role of a bw not being feminine and obese. so its a win for me.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Whitney handpicked Brandy for live action Cinderella. I mean...Im not sure why if she did handpick Halle its looked upon in a negative light. And I am far from a Beyhiver. I typically change the station when she comes on. Hopefully they let JLo handpick a Hispanic Disney princess next go round bc its time.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Couldn’t have worded it better!

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  • Vegas1989

    I like this picture...You aren't going to Room 2301 today. I usually send peeps there for acting up,,,,LOL….That damn Permit Patty....LOL

  • Mark mcharm

    Annie made a 133 million

  • ???

    Ariel is white with red hair though

  • ???

    Lmao

  • ???

    She really did and Brandy was mad lolol

  • Nik

    This generation knows nothing about the ways in which black people have been robbed of credit in so many ways, so much so that people actually believe we have no contribution to society or history. In my parents' generation there were records performed by black people with a white face on the cover, historical movies where the people were supposed to be black or brown yet they were white, and the list goes on. This ignorance is why people have nothing else better to do than to talk about the "race" of a fictional character whose role is not contingent on the color of her fins. What pains in the a$$! https://media3.giphy.com/media/l3vRlwbQrNfnUmGSk/giphy.gif

  • Nik

    My Nigerian friends told me about mermaid spirits and a water kingdom where people go in the water and disappear. There is a water spirit, Mami Wata, in the Yoruba pantheon that is portrayed as a mermaid at time.

  • Wile E. Coli

    28% on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Overall critical failure.

    Don't know how much it cost to make but, after all is said and done, $133M is probably pretty poor.

    It was a disaster.

  • Mark mcharm

    Critics are retarded kind of like these silly white people are doing disneys job for them they don't even need to pay for a marketing budget.

  • Wile E. Coli

    So you're saying Disney is exploiting race to save PR money?

  • Let them eat cake

    yes.

  • C Mack

    Because Halle’s playing Ariel?

  • Dowoop

    Anyone that says they don't see colour needs to get their eyes checked.

  • Dowoop

    Not anymore!

  • Dowoop

    He's gonna be 6 feet under before he snitches.

  • Trace da Ace

    ugh...not gonna disrupt my calm demeanor with this shit....I'm HAPPY that they cast Halle for the part....it's not even a big as deal...smdh....white folks always want to get pissy over simple shit....

  • Renee26

    ???

  • Renee26

    Right... And what about Tony Stark??

  • Renee26

    Wait... Lickin and fingering ?

  • T Willis

    Hello?! Lol exactly ...

  • Renee26

    Now she'll be black with red hair

  • Renee26

    Doing that makes the sound come out differently

  • Renee26

    This is like the 3rd ring that's been busted that those 2 names are attached to.

  • Monica Lewinsky

    If he is Mexican, I’m positive there will be riots in the streets LOL

  • Dun Dilly

    Y'ALL SEE THAT?
    What we bout to see happen is the whole "cultural appropriation" thing open a TWO WAY street on that azz.

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  • Nik

    LMBO!!!!!!!!!!

  • iWasteTime

    Yes. We proved it with Black Panther!

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Fine ,
    I’m okay with that , let’s allow all previous black Disney fairytales and black movies be replaced with whites Aslong as you allow all white movies and prior white fairytales be replaced with blacks Aslong as it isn’t tied to culture or specific ethnicity or nationality.

    Because you do know that little mermaid is make believe and isn’t tied to any specific ethnicity or culture norms. Meaning that the script didn’t require any rewrites based on skin color or ethnicity unlike black panther and Martin Luther king who both require you to rewrite the entire stories due to geographical, culture , ethnicity , language , and social norms.

    Idiots are born everyday

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    She tried , but really her argument wasn’t the best.

    The real reason why they sound stupid is because little mermaid isn’t tied to any ethnicity or culture norms. Changing the skin tone doesn’t require any script rewrites because mermaids were not a race or thing.
    Unlike Martin Luther king or black panther who would require an entire script overhaul and change due to the significance or their race and even skin color connection to the storyline.

  • T Willis

    I think Beyonce or her team manages Halles group, so I can see her leveraging her publicity to get one of her singers a coveted role. Hispanic? Girl who cares lol!

  • T Willis

    I think Beyonce leveraged her brand to get Halle that role. I mean, she is starring as Nahla in Lion King lol.

  • T Willis

    Their history books tell them that Cleopatra is yt - or Roman etc - no discernible Afro features. Like I think they believe that Cleopatra’s grandmother may have been mixed lol but they’ve been adamant that Cleopatra is Roman or modern day yt etc... to be honest, I don’t know why it matters lol. We have millions of stories of African king and queens, as well as folk lore tales with own our sea creatures/Gods/Goddesses... it’s just lazy asf to rely on yt people’s stories and filter them with our images. I say we invest in our own stories and let them keep remaking old shit.

  • T Willis

    Or stereotypical humor. ?

  • Raquel

    Funny how white people make up fictitious characters only to whitewash them. Santa Claus is another one that comes to mind. These aren't even REAL people! lol

  • http://www.kanzahsays.com ThatNigerianGirl

    Ayeee sis. Orisa o gbeyin o .

  • WolfGirlAlcide

    As an actual mermaid ...smh....I want to say Congrats to Halle. #IgnoreTheHaters

  • PrettyMeka08

    These same people will claim they’re not racist.

  • Bree

    A black girl playing a mermaid is a problem in 2019! The world has to come better than this. Besides, Disney is probably doing this to shut black folk up or they are pushing an agenda. There is always a reason for things like this.

    I wish Halle well and I hope she smashes her performance! After all, she is apart of the Queen Beyonce crew!

  • leapyearpisces

    well don't watch the bobby debarge community play...I mean movie... because NOBODY matches NOBODY in that movie!!! they just grabbed random liteskinded folks of all races. Ole United Colors of Benetton play, I mean movie.....LOLOLOLOL.

  • leapyearpisces

    Let me go look up this Yul Brenner gent yall taking about.....I know I am going to get stoned, but I think that old white man, Ian Mcshane that plays on American Gods is fine...he puts me in the mind of my gonna be second husband, Rick Fox. I have come to the conclusion that I like "brooding" looking men - men that have strong foreheads, thick eyebrows, and deep set eyes.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    lmao

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yul Brenner is old school fine... Especially in The Ten Commandments...Whew Chile...

  • CookieMobster

    I think whom ever is best suited for any role should get the part regardless of color. I am glad she was cast, no she is not the typical Arial looking person, but who is? Anyway when I read KeKe's question "why can't a mermaid be black." My 1st thought was cuz a whole helluva a lotta black folkes can't swim. Lol ? just being funny folks. Don't @ me with no b.s. Not in the mood today. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/faf862a902c5a6d2ccf14db07b5f0f2d2d1ab5cd0485be82d77c39ae61885c09.gif

  • Kimberly King

    Mhm. These are the same people who thinks Yeshua's name is "Jesus" and that he's a white man. Lol

    Can we just throw all white people in a rocket and launch them straight to the pits of hell where they all belong? Animals

  • che’lint

    Caitlain Jenner won woman of the year.. everyone calm the fudge down!

  • Primo Levi

    Have anybody actually seen a real mermaid white ppl make up shit more than maybelline that's y a mermaid cant be black, then u see they try 2 b funny with the white guy as dr king but we all know he was real! Take ya fake mermaid unicorn moon landing marvel & DC comics fake made up gay devil worshipping ass outta here!

  • Amilia A Lee

    If they want to get all technical Ursula is supposed to be a drag queen. I want Titus Burgess ?

  • Malificent

    #ourariel she might not be yours but she’s definitely mine. Yup I’ll take her and you can keep watching the old version.

  • Malificent

    Actually I can picture her as an African American mermaid with her beautiful locs

  • the guest

    ALL RACE ASIDE, no other actress looks more like Ariel than Halle Bailey! She was born to play the role! Beautiful casting.

  • Eddy Chang

    Forgot most powerful superheroes White Blade.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    ??

  • EMILY POST

    Do kids really care about the color of the mermaid? Adult issue or a kid issue?
    Sooo many other things adults should and could focus on.

  • DarKrowSama

    Not about race, but Ariel supposed to be beautiful. She is not. At least have someone like Zendaya.