Disney's Freeform Claps Back at Critics of The Little Mermaid Casting

When it was announced that a black woman will play the main character in the live-action reboot, debates were sparked and many people went full angry Ursula.
By Corinne Heller 07 Jul, 2019 3:18 PMTags
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"But spoiler alert - bring it back to the top - the character of Ariel is a work of fiction," the post continued. "So after all this is said and done, and you still cannot get past the idea that choosing the incredible, sensational, highly-talented, gorgeous Halle Bailey is anything other than the INSPIRED casting that it is because she 'doesn't look like the cartoon one,' oh boy, do I have some news for you...about you."

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Parent company Disney has not responded to the casting, announced by both Bailey and director Rob Marshall, or the backlash over it.