The official trailer for the live action Little Mermaid has been released, and it has already got thousands of dislikes.
The 1989 classic, which tells the story of a mermaid princess, called Ariel, who falls in love with a human prince on land, is officially getting the live-action treatment, with Halle Bailey taking on the role of Ariel.
Halle Bailey is best known in the R&B singing duo with her older sister, Chloe. Similarly to the likes of Justin Bieber, the pair started off by covering well-known songs online.
And one very famous singer became a fan…
In 2013, the siblings posted a cover of the Beyoncé hit ‘Pretty Hurts’, and the clip caught the eye of Queen B herself.
Their A-list support from Beyonce earned the pair a record deal and, as you can imagine, skyrocketed the pair to fame.
Their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, was released in April 2016 and, that year, they opened for Beyoncé on the European leg of her Formation World Tour. Now, that’s a pretty impressive resume.
Chloe and Halle worked with the star again in 2018, opening on the US portion of her and Jay Z’s On The Run II tour.
The duo has picked up 2 Grammy nominations as well as impressively performing at both the Super Bowl — which is deemed to be one of the most sought-after gigs to take the stage at — and the 61st annual Grammy Awards.
And that’s not all…
They both stared in the US coming-of-age sitcom, Grown-ish (2018), which centers around the Johnson family’s eldest daughter, as she takes her first steps into the real world and heads off to college.
The younger half of the singing has also added Disney to her resume. She’ll be riding solo to star in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
After “extensive” searching, it seems like they finally found their perfect Ariel, with Halle Bailey set to take on the role of everyone’s favourite mermaid princess.
Director, Rob Marshall, seems very smitten with his choice of Ariel and, according to the BBC, said that Halle “Possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance – plus a glorious singing voice.”
And that singing voice really will be put to good use…
The live-action remake is said to include everyone’s favorite songs from the 1989 original, including the likes of ‘Under The Sea’ and ‘Kiss The Girl’ as well as new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. We don’t know about you, but we’re so happy right now.
However, after the full length trailer dropped during the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday, many have bashed it, with more than 600,000 (83 per cent) viewers hitting the dislike button on YouTube.
And it seems the hate extends to other social media sites too, as on Twitter the hashtag NotMyAriel began trending, with one user writing: “The Little Mermaid is a Danish fairy tale The Danish people are, historically speaking, white. Why make Ariel black? Just because it’s 2023? It’s not racism, it’s simply wondering why the need to change it in the first place? Would you accept a white live-action Pocahontas?”
Speaking about the backlash, Bailey told The Face magazine: “As a Black person, you just expect it and it’s not really a shock anymore.”
Speaking about the role she also told People: “The fact that now it’s getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, woman of colour, I’m just like, wow, I’m so grateful for what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me.
“Because I know if I had seen myself when I was younger, I think my whole perspective would’ve changed.”
We can’t wait to see her as Ariel.