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Disney: The Little Mermaid trailer is the target of distressing comments

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Unveiled just a few days ago, the first trailer for the live action remake inspired by the film The Little Mermaid is causing a stir, but not for the right reasons…

If everyone has not been entirely convinced by the qualitative aspect of Pinocchio, the last live action film to be discovered currently on Disney+, the next feature film inspired by The Little Mermaid is already making a name for itself, but for all other reasons. Because even before wondering about the film’s potential in terms of visual and narrative effectiveness, some Internet users are already unleashed on the web to be indignant at the color of the skin of their favorite mermaid.


Who wants the skin of the little mermaid?

Released as part of D23 just a few days ago, the first trailer for the live-action film dedicated to the story of Ariel, The Little Mermaid, presents the character as American actress Halle Bailey. The opportunity to discover the first scenes of the feature film, the release of which is announced for May 2023, with as a bonus an extract from the song “Leaving there” very popular with Disney fans and beautifully interpreted by the actress.

But, very quickly, the trailer became the target of racist comments with more than a million dislikes on YouTube… Even if the function has since been deactivated, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million the number of dislikes posted solely on the basis of racist comments, with a total of 18 million views. By expressing their dissatisfaction with the choice made by Disney to have retained a black actress to embody an emblematic character who does not resemble the one they had in memory, these Internet users generated a wave of chain reactions that degenerated into jokes. bad taste and insults.

Disney: The Little Mermaid trailer is the target of distressing comments

Solidarity in the face of toxic reactions

As we know, more and more films and TV series are showing their desire to be part of an inclusive approach by putting actors of color in the foreground. Very followed on Amazon Prime Video, series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has also been the victim of racist reactions from Internet users outraged to see so much diversity displayed in Middle-earth. The actors of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy even came to show their support for the new series to counter this wave of indignation, followed closely by the official Star Wars account which simply indicated:

From Middle-earth to a galaxy far, far away… #HereYou’reAllWelcome

Will the same surge of solidarity thwart the toxic reactions of Internet users about the new Ariel by the release of the film The Little Mermaid in May 2023? We already know that voice actress Jodi Benson who voiced Ariel in the original film praised Halle Bailey for his performance.

Halle, you were absolutely amazing…. I’m SO proud of you and your amazing performance as Ariel! – Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel in the original film)

closely followed by Christopher Millerthe producer of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse who pointed out the stupidity of these racist comments with sarcasm.

People suddenly care a lot about Disney making a “biologically accurate” mermaid, but they’re too cowardly to demand that every time Ariel sticks her head out of the water, before she can sing or talk, she has to expel the water. of sea from his lungs in a long graphic vomit. – Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producer)