“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has had sufficient of the net backlash in opposition to Halle Bailey’s casting within the upcoming “Little Mermaid” movie.
The selection of a Black actor to painting the character Ariel spurred rampant criticism on social media, together with the racist “#NotMyAriel” hashtag. One Twitter person even turned Bailey’s pores and skin white in a modified clip of Disney’s teaser trailer, in response to Gizmodo.
“Really, people — we’re doing this again?” Noah stated Thursday, mocking those that stated Bailey appeared “nothing like” the cartoon Ariel from the 1989 movie. “Nothing like? They both have the tail!”
Bailey is just the second Black actor to painting a Disney princess, after Anika Noni Rose voiced the animated character Tiana in 2009′s “The Princess and the Frog.” Whereas Bailey told Variety she doesn’t “pay attention to the negativity,” Noah actually did.
“Look, stop being ridiculous,” the comic advised viewers. “It’s imaginary. 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.”
Noah jokingly added this wasn’t the primary time a preferred youngsters’s film featured a Black protagonist, as Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” was “about a fish who can’t find his dad.” However the host largely used his platform to debate Bailey’s casting extra significantly.
“Once again, a bunch of internet racists are upset that a fictional character is being played by a Black person,” stated Noah. “This is so ridiculous.”
“The Little Mermaid” additionally stars Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy and Awkwafina, in response to IndieWire. Bailey stated the brand new movie, co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, supplied her with the chance of a lifetime — by permitting the actor to encourage younger folks of shade.
“The fact that I get to represent all of these little young Black and brown boys and girls who are to come is really special to me because I know that if I had that when I was younger, it would have changed my whole perspective on life,” she advised The Hollywood Reporter.
Even Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in Disney’s earlier movie, defended Bailey’s casting. “The spirit of a character is what really matters,” she advised ComicBook.com, “no matter what we look like on the outside.”