‘Snowflakes losing it over a black mermaid? Here’s Idris Elba as James Bond’: Internet is Backing Idris Elba as New 007 After Halle Bailey’s The Little Mermaid Controversy

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It seems that the criticisms towards Halle Bailey and her upcoming movie The Little Mermaid won’t stop anytime soon. The actress is meant to play the role of Ariel, Disney’s redhead mermaid who falls in love with a human.

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Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Many fans, as well as celebrities, are expressing their excitement about the film and Bailey’s casting. However, there are still trolls who would, with their whole chests, question the decision of making Ariel a Black mermaid when she is ‘supposed to be’ a White character.

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Bashers Are Still Upset Over The Little Mermaid’s Casting

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Halle Bailey

Of course, these comments really did sting a lot. For someone who loved watching The Little Mermaid growing up, working on her musical career, and carving her own path in a world where everyone favors the fair-skinned, Bailey needed all the support she could get.

The actress was 18 when she auditioned for the role, and the nasty comments never stopped even when the production was over. She ponders how this experience was life-changing for her. In an interview with Variety, she said, “I find myself learning things from these characters and trying to adopt them and keep them with me as I go about my life. It’s like the universe is trying to give these themes to me, like ‘Here, do it! We’re putting it in through the characters.”

While the cast and crew have been praising her performance in The Little Mermaid, many haters would still stand by their opinions and post #NotMyAriel all over social media. Now, fans have another way of supporting Black actors as they campaign for Idris Elba to take the lead role in the upcoming James Bond movie.


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Fans Want Idris Elba To Play James Bond

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Idris Elba

Elba has been a strong contender for the 007 role, alongside other hopefuls such as Henry Cavill and Tom Hardy. In fact, Skyfall actress Naomie Harris mentioned in an interview with Huffington Post that Elba met with producer Barbara Broccoli and that she supports him for the role:

I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy.”

Fans all over Twitter are sharing their sentiments and support for Idris Elba to star as the next James Bond. Here are some of the best tweets:



Although the actor has declined the role and said, “It is not a goal for my career,” (via Deadline), fans are still putting their hopes up and wishing he will become the first Black actor to play the iconic spy agent.


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Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.