‘Little Mermaid’ actress responds to #NotMyAriel backlash

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Saniya Monfiston

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Actress and Singer Halle Bailey responded to backlash she received on Twitter and Instagram after she announced on July 6th that she has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action “Little Mermaid” movie.

Halle Bailey, known for acting in Sitcom Grown-Ish and in singing duo with her sister Chloe has spoke out about the negative attention she’s receiving.

Bailey stated to Outlet, “I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m just grateful and I don’t pay attention to the negativity.” She later followed up with, “I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”

After Halle announced she would be portraying Ariel, the hashtag #NotMyAriel began trending on social media.

Many people have spoken out saying that it’s crazy and unnecessary, while celebrities like Halle Berry, Zendaya, Sophie Turner, even Original Little Mermaid actress Jodi Benson have congratulated her tweeting how proud of her they are.

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In a video going around Instagram and Youtube, Bailey states, “the most important thing is to tell the story. We have, as a family, raised our children and for ourselves that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside. I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts.”

She continued with, “We need to be storytellers, and no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the color of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever color, we really need to tell the story.”

Production on “The Little Mermaid” starts in April of 2020. Melissa McCarthy and Javier Bardem are rumored to join as Ursula and King Triton, and Jacob Tremblay is rumored to play the part of Flounder in the movie.

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