The Little Mermaid: Halle Bailey shares ‘words of encouragement’ that helped her after backlash over Ariel casting

Halle Bailey has spoken out about some of the negative reactions she received after being cast The little mermaidand what she hopes to achieve from her casting for young viewers.

The singer-actor will play the angelic-voiced mermaid Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of the 1992 Disney film.

When news of her role broke in 2019, many people expressed excitement at seeing her Adult Star as a sea princess. However, there were also some who were opposed to the concept of a black actor portraying the fictional character, leading to the hashtag #NotMyAriel spreading on social media.

Ahead of the film’s release, Bailey recalled the time surrounding her casting announcement and shared her grandparents’ words of support amid the negativity.

“It was an inspiring and beautiful thing to hear her words of encouragement, saying to me, ‘You don’t understand what this means for us, for our community and for all the little black and brown girls who will see themselves in you’ ‘ she said diversity as part of the publication’s “Young Hollywood” special.

Bailey – who forms one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle with her sister Chloe Bailey – then shared her own feelings about what she hopes to gain from her casting in terms of positive representation.

“I want the little girl in me and the little girls like me who are watching to know that they are special and that they should be a princess in every way.”

She expanded on this point by considering how impactful it would have been to see the animated version of Ariel as a person of color as a child.

“What that would have done for me, how that would have changed my confidence, my belief in myself, everything,” Bailey said. “What seems so small to everyone else is so big to us.”

The little mermaid is expected to hit theaters on May 26, 2023. The Little Mermaid: Halle Bailey shares ‘words of encouragement’ that helped her after backlash over Ariel casting


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