Halle Bailey has finally responded to the backlash that stemmed from her Little Mermaid casting.
Beyoncé’s protégé and one-half of the girl duo, Chloe x Halle, Halle Bailey has finally responded to all the backlash that came from her recent casting. The 19 year old singer and actress does not seem one bit fazed by the fact that a lot of people do not want to see her play, Ariel in Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid.
A recent run in with Variety at the Power of Young Hollywood gala on Tuesday showed the young performer is all about positivity. She’s quoted saying;
“I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m just grateful and I don’t pay attention to the negativity. I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”
Following her casting announcement, very many people supported her while most voiced their displeasure with Disney‘s decision. In their own words, Ariel is a white character with red hair and should not be played by a black American girl.
Most of the people who defended Halle included Jodi Benson who voiced the original animated Ariel. The actress is quoted telling fans in July, at pop culture convention Florida Supercon;
“I think the most important thing is to tell the story. We have, as a family, raised our children and for ourselves that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside. I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts.”
Halle is set to portray Disney‘s first black princess. Queen Latifa has been announced to play Ursula, and Shaggy, Sebastian.