Racial diversity has become an integral part of the Hollywood industry. A wholesome example of the need was recently shared by Halle Bailey on Twitter when a little fan appreciated her performance in the teaser for the upcoming live-action Disney remake of The Little Mermaid. The video went viral until it reached the heart of Halle Bailey which she replied with a wholesome message.
The actress had received a lot of backlash and racist comments for portraying the role of Ariel but her interaction with a fan left the internet with a blissful message about racial diversity.
Halle Bailey Sobs For Her Fans’ Reaction
Taking to Twitter, a fan reacted to her child watching the teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid which was recently released at the D23 Expo 2022. The video saw the little girl wondering in amazement at the beauty of her favorite mermaid.
It soon came to Halle Bailey’s attention which she quickly replied with an inspiring and wholesome message.
k i just sobbed watching this thanks 😭💕she’s so sweet ❣️ https://t.co/jKKdHkOvDe
— Halle (@HalleBailey) September 11, 2022
The American singer retweeted the video along with a message for fans all over the world. After being cast as Ariel in 2019, the 22-year-old received a lot of hate and backlash for her ethnicity. The original animated movie The Little Mermaid Sing-Along (1989) featured a caucasian mermaid in the film.
Halle Bailey Faced Backlash For The Little Mermaid
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The project of a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has been in the works since 2016! It was the year 2019 when it was revealed that Halle Bailey will portray the lead role of Ariel in the upcoming remake which was met with a lot of racist remarks and backlash. People wondered about the idea of an African-American woman playing the role of a mermaid who was shown as caucasian in the 1980s.
But wholesome interactions like these showed the world that race does not matter and shows how hard Hollywood is trying to include people from every ethnicity. The teaser was a part of D23 Expo 2022 that also featured several announcements including a prequel to The Lion King titled Mufasa, the live-action remake of Snow White with Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot at the helm, and of course, the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid (2023). The movie is expected for release on 26th May 2023 in theaters around the world.