‘Cried The Other Day’: Halle Bailey Says Playing Ariel in Little Mermaid Was ‘Overwhelming’, Praises Fans Supporting Her Amidst Racist Backlash

A new Live- Action adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’ is set to come in 2023 by Disney and our new Ariel, the actress Halle Bailey describes how she felt overwhelmed after watching her clips from the movie.

Halle Bailey to play Ariel
Halle Bailey is playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Halle Bailey as Ariel:

Halle Bailey to play The Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey

In an interview with ET on the red carpet of the BET awards, the actress-singer revealed how she was so moved by watching some of her footage from the movie. She exclaimed that she still feels in Euphoria to be a part of such a historic project:

“I pinch myself every day on that set… to be a part of such a historic film that we’ve all known growing up.”

Halle Bailey says that it’s an emotional feeling for her to get to work on such an incredible film everyone has watched and adored while growing up.

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Racist Backlash:

This new Little Mermaid was subjected to immediate backlash from all around when it was announced that Halle Bailey is to play the titular character. The people were displeased by the idea of someone with a darker complexion playing Ariel quite contrary to what they have seen in the original animated work.

Halle Berry came to support Halle Bailey
Halle Berry came to support Halle Bailey

Some people even took it that far to start a #NotMyAriel on Internet to force Disney to recast the character. Coming to her support, the Die Another Day actress Halle Berry said “Halles get it DONE.”:

“In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!”

Even Disney’s cable network Freeform stated “An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls”  to the people who had a problem with the casting.

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Bailey’s Response To The Criticism:

Bailey responded to the racial criticism by saying that she doesn’t have to pay attention to the negativity:

“I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m just grateful and I don’t pay attention to the negativity.”

The original 1989 animated feature Ariel’s voice actor Jodi Benson also came to support her:

“What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts.”

Further Bailey also went on to praise her fans who stood beside her the whole time and supported her during the racial backlash.

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The Little Mermaid is currently in post-production and is set to release in 2023.

Written by Subham

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. Subham has written more than 600 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.