The racist backlash that Disney’s Little Mermaid remake was subjected to when Halle Bailey was announced as her starring role returned with the first trailer.
For many people, the first images of Disney’s live-action remake of The little Mermaid was enough to sell the upcoming movie and its lead star Halle Bailey in the role of Ariel. However, following the initial backlash over Bailey’s casting in the title role, the film’s trailer has been bombarded with loathing and racist comments on YouTube since its release over the weekend.
The little Mermaid will follow in the footsteps of Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King reimagining one of Disney’s biggest hits of the late ’80s and early ’90s revival in a live-action setting. Although the film suffered a number of delays, the first official footage was finally revealed at D23 Expo and then online for everyone to see and hear Bailey’s Ariel in action. While the trailer saw a huge number of views in its first few days, it also saw a veritable tsunami of negativity reminiscent of Bailey’s original announcement in the film.
Although the dislike figure is not available on the YouTube page itself, it has been estimated via a Chrome extension that the total number of likes is around 1.5 million and growing. This is based on a number of factors and analysis so it’s only an estimate but one look in the comments section of the video and it’s not hard to believe that this figure is absolutely correct. However, despite the large number of overtly racist comments about Bailey’s appearance in the footage, those supporting the cast have done their best to counter the hate with memes and counter-comments designed to silence the haters.
Rachel Zegler suffered a similar reaction for her casting of Snow White
The type of backlash visible on the back of The little MermaidUnfortunately, the first trailer for is not a one-time or one-time event. Another upcoming Disney remake, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsalso seemed a similar wave of racially charged comments towards him for the casting of West Side Story star Rachel Zegler in the lead role. When Zegler was first announced to be playing Snow White, the internet was flooded with complaints about the rising star cast in the role, and it’s likely to see the same kind of backlash as The little Mermaid when its first trailer goes live.
Unfortunately, casting black and Asian actors in any role frequently draws a flurry of comments from online trolls who are seemingly out to get a reaction, and they are very rarely disappointed with the number of arguments they make. arouse. This year has seen huge amounts of derogatory comments towards the stars of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The House of the Dragon and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even though the cast and crew of those shows, along with the majority of the fans, have tried to counter and shout at the haters, it’s proving to be a mountain that’s becoming increasingly insurmountable.