Trevor Noah has taken a stand against “internet racists” who have grappled with the upcoming live-action remake of The little mermaidwith black US singer Halle Bailey as Ariel.
Since Bailey was announced as the lead in 2019, there has been a multitude of negative reactions to the concept of a black actor portraying the fictional character.
“Really, folks? We’re going to do it again?” Noah desperately asked on Thursday’s (September 15) episode of his talk series: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
“Once again, some internet racists are upset that a fictional character is being played by a black person,” he explained.
The South African comedian joins other celebrities including Halle Berry in condemning the racist backlash.
“Honestly, I don’t know what the big deal is. You do realize that Nemo was black too, right? The whole movie was about a fish that can’t find its father. I can say this because my dad left and he’s white so who’s racist now? the landlord joked.
“This is so ridiculous,” Noah added, further joking that “of course the little mermaid is black. Anyone whose name begins with “Little” is black.”
To prove his point, he listed Lil Wayne, Lil Nas X, and Lil Kim as examples. “If you heard there was a woman named Little Mermaid, you would just assume she’s on the same page with Cardi B,” he said.
“With my wet a** flippers,” he sang, riffing on his hit “WAP.”
“I hope this scandal doesn’t overshadow the rest of the film. The little mermaid is a beautiful story about a young woman who changes her core identity to please a man,” joked Noah.
In a separate interview earlier this week, Bailey explained that the cult film means so much to her because she’s been watching it “since I was a little girl.”
The little mermaid Theatrical release expected on May 26, 2023.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/trevor-noah-little-mermaid-racism-halle-bailey-b2169151.html ‘You realize Nemo was black too?’: Trevor Noah dodges ‘racist’ critics of ‘The Little Mermaid’