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‘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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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.

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Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

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.

The Little Mermaid Sing-Along was released in 1989.
The Little Mermaid Sing-Along was released in 1989.

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It soon came to Halle Bailey’s attention which she quickly replied with an inspiring and wholesome message.

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

Halle Bailey has 5 Grammy nominations to her name.
Halle Bailey has 5 Grammy nominations to her name.

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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.

Source: Screenrant

Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.