Unfortunately, there was some racism in response to the first teaser for Halle Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
And right now, Trevor Noah is warning those who are incensed. The presenter of The Daily Show, who was visibly distraught, addressed the audience members who were upset by a Black Little Mermaid, asking, “Really, people—we’re doing this again?”
Noah responded to those who said Bailey didn’t resemble Disney’s original Ariel, saying, “Nothing like? They both have red [hair], and they both have tails. “Once again, some online racists are pissed off that a fictitious character is being performed by a Black person,” he concluded. This is absurd. And to be completely honest, I don’t get the fuss. Do you folks understand that Nemo was also Black? Yeah! The focus of the entire film was a fish looking for his father.
Despite his humor, Noah urged the critics to “stop being stupid” and emphasized that the world of The Little Mermaid is, in fact, “imaginary.”
He added, “I hope this scandal doesn’t overshadow the rest of the movie. The Little Mermaid is a beautiful story about a young woman changing her core identity to please a man. Let’s not forget about that, people.”
Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid was directed by Rob Marshall and stars Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy. It’s slated to open on May 26, 2023.