When it was announced that Disney was about to release the live-action remake of another OG animated movie, fans were doubtful. The announcement of the release of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid was met with doubts by fans all around the globe. Their doubts were further fueled by the choice of Halle Bailey in the titular role. Their doubts were proved wrong with the release of the movie though.
Halle Bailey faced a lot because of her role in The Little Mermaid
When the first look of The Little Mermaid was released, a lot of people raised doubts about Halle Bailey’s ability to do justice to the role. The Color Purple star was at the receiving end of an unending barrage of racist remarks.
The trolls have been at it for the past few years. Ever since the announcement of her casting in 2019, things have been going on in the same pattern. The trolls didn’t stop flowing in, continuing well until the film was finally released.
Halle Bailey knows how to deal with the trolls
Halle Bailey has learned to get over this though. It would not have been easy, but you pick up habits after being subjected to rigorous trolling. Opening up about the trolling, she said in an interview with The Face,
“As a Black person, you just expect it and it’s not really a shock anymore. When [Chlöe and I] first signed to Parkwood, [Beyoncé] was always like: ’I never read my comments. Don’t ever read the comments.’ Honestly, when the teaser came out, I was at the D23 Expo and I was so happy. I didn’t see any of the negativity.”
Following the release of the film, the 23-year-old must be thinking her results bore fruit.
The trolls are sent back to their caves after The Little Mermaid’s opening day
The Little Mermaid had a stellar opening, making $38 million on its first day. This stellar performance run at the Box Office has proved its detractors wrong. And Twitteratis have been quick to point out how wrong they were.
‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ earns $38M in the film’s domestic opening day.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) May 27, 2023
Some Twitter users went on to call out the racist trolls who were behind all the hate coming her way.
Looks like the 38 year old men crying about “progressive agenda” took a L afterall😂
— LEÓN ESQUIRE (@soyesquire) May 27, 2023
But these people said it would bomb at the box office 😂🤡 pic.twitter.com/qKklSh3tNL
— Danté Dio 🦅 (@DRob_24) May 27, 2023
The old whites right now pic.twitter.com/bEM3B0NB1p
— Stream the Vote (@StreamtheVote) May 27, 2023
Disney Old Audience pic.twitter.com/31QysEKwEJ
— BMAX64🎮 (@BMAX643) May 27, 2023
Not a good day for the trolls it seems. There were many that protested against the casting of Halle Bailey and expected the movie to fail for its choices, but it all seems to be just noise as many are going to the theatres to enjoy the live-action remake of their favorite childhood flick!
The Little Mermaid is currently in cinemas