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‘Is Tiana from The Frog Prince not good enough?’: The Little Mermaid Fans Get Blasted for Asking Disney To Make Live Action Movie on Gabriella, the Brown Mermaid

The Little Mermaid Fans Get Blasted for Asking Disney To Make Live Action Movie on Gabriella, the Brown Mermaid

At the D23 expo, Disney announced that actress and singer Halle Bailey from the R&B duo Chloe x Halle would be portraying Ariel in the live-action film The Little Mermaid. This was another addition to Disney’s long list of remakes of original films.

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Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid trailer.

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Many have called out the studio on its soulless remakes and token diversity, with this film being no different. But some have criticized the studio for casting a black person for the role, resulting in many nasty and racist tweets.

Fans suggest an alternative mermaid

According to a new tweet that has split fans, The Little Mermaid’s TV series already had a brown character, Gabriella, which it could use to make an original story. The tweet went on to criticize Disney for not working with original characters and stories and resorting to race-swap.

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Gabriella from The Little Mermaid TV series.

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Furthermore, some even pointed out that Disney did have a film filled with colored characters they could adapt, that being The Princess and the Frog. But this film was criticized for token appeasement that it didn’t represent the black community and the leads were frogs for most of the film.

Is there no pleasing the fans?

Considering the controversial nature of the tweet, many have come in defense of Disney while many have continued to ridicule the studio. Many believe the tweet to be a lost cause as Disney isn’t concerned with an original story as it would require creativity and passion.

Also read: ‘Just sobbed watching this’: Halle Bailey Tears up After New Video Shows the Little Mermaid Teaser Inspiring Young Black Girls to Become Disney Princesses

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The original The Little Mermaid was released in 1989.

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Some also pointed out that this would prevent Disney from “virtue signaling” their audience, further mocking the studio concluding that it doesn’t truly care about diversity and representation, but only about more money.

The Little Mermaid is expected to release on May 26 of 2023

Source: Twitter

Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.