Racists are furious that a Black girl will play ‘The Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Racists are upset that a Black girl is portraying a character who is half woman and half fish. On July 3, news broke that Halle Bailey of the group Chloe X Halle will play Ariel in Disney’s reboot of The Little Mermaid.

Although Bailey received congratulatory praise from celebs including Will Smith, Gigi Hadid, Teyana Taylor, and Miguel, Bailey also faced backlash from some racists who believe that a Black person is incapable of portraying the fictional character.

It serves as another example of how every level of American society is marred by racism.

View social media reactions below.





A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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