The teaser trailer for The Little Mermaid was released on Friday to mixed reviews.
Social media has been inundated with adorable videos of little black girls excited to discover that the new Ariel, played by Halle Bailey, looks just like them.
A viral TikTok with the caption, “If your favorite Disney princess looks like you,” features a 3-year-old girl immediately sitting up when Ariel swam across the screen.
Little Avery gasps and is completely entranced by the trailer. She puts her hand on her heart and says, “I think she’s brown.”
Absolutely beaming, the young girl declares, “The brown Ariel is cute.” The video quickly amassed 5.3 million views and thousands of comments from people who expressed their love for the heartwarming video, including Bailey herself.
“Oh my god my heart,” the R&B singer replied to the video.
In another viral video, a black girl is mesmerized by the trailer. When Ariel arrives on screen and begins to sing, the child puts down his toy and stops playing, completely captivated by the trailer.
“Thank you for getting my baby this @halle,” mom Cheryl Neufville commented on the video, which racked up 7.3 million views in less than 24 hours.
Bailey herself re-shared some of the adorable videos on her personal Twitter account.
“KI just sobbed when I saw that, thanks for being so cute.” commented the singer on a video of a young black girl grinning throughout the trailer. “That’s Arielle?” little Sienna asks her mother in the video while giggling excitedly.
The actress also shared Little black girls video compilation I’m over the moon to find out that the new Ariel “is brown like me”.
“People have been sending me these reactions all weekend and I’m really impressed that it means the world to me,” Bailey said Twitter.
Disney announced in 2019 that the “grown-up” actress would play the popular princess in the live-action remake of the class, and was immediately met with a multitude of reactions.
The official trailer, released Friday on the Walt Disney Studios YouTube channel, has garnered 13.9 million views in just a few days and counting. The video has 626,000 likes, but Disney was forced to disable dislikes after receiving 1.5 million thumbs down in just two days, Daily Mail reported.
Some have taken to Twitter to express their irritation at Ariel being played by a black woman using the hashtag #NotMyAriel, but many have poked fun at the ridiculousness.
Critics’ comments were laced with racism, expressing disapproval of Bailey’s casting and noting that the original 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid portrayed Ariel as white. Meanwhile, others have noted that the mermaid princess is a fictional character set in a magical world where race has no bearing on the character’s story.
The voice of the original Ariel, Jodi Benson, has supported Bailey’s retaliation for the iconic role since Disney first announced casting.
“The most important thing is telling the story,” Benson said.
Bailey’s version of The Little Mermaid will enter our world on May 26, 2023.
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