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Life.Shared - July 4, 2019

"Racists can accept there’s a crab with a Caribbean accent but not a black Little Mermaid" ~ Tobi Akingbade,

We're living in an era of live-action remakes of classic Disney films, and what better film to remake than the 1989 masterpiece The Little Mermaid? After much speculation from fans, Disney finally dropped the news that 19-year-old Halle Bailey, one half of the RnB duo Chloe x Halle was to star as Ariel in the new version of The Little Mermaid, which is set to start production in 2020. The official Chloe x Halle Twitter account confirmed the news with a picture of Ariel reimagined.

This news has sent Disney fans into a frenzy for a very specific reason - people are VERY upset that the new Ariel isn't white. Yup. You heard that right. Folks on Twitter are clamouring against Disney's decision, with several saying that the "unnecessary enforcement of diversity" is "ruining their childhoods". Sure.

The list of outrage is a little too long to sift through but you get the idea. For perspective, and for those who believe that the casting should be "true to history" or whatever, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a story about a 16-year-old mermaid - a mythical character, may we add - who falls in love with a human of undetermined age. The film is based on the classic tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, which ends rather differently from the happily-ever-after seen in the film - Ariel doesn't get the man, and in fact, dies a tragic death as she's turned into seafoam by the end of the story. And as one studious Twitter user discovered, there's actually no description of Ariel's complexion in the source material. ...
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