Give Halle Bailey a Chance

I don’t know who needs to read this title, but somebody does. Here’s why: 

Disney has a history of casting Afro-Caribbean voices in Little Mermaid roles, and their peripherals, beginning with Sebastian the Crab in the animated movie. Why, in “Once Upon a Time,” this is Ursula: 

 

This is Ursula’s daughter Uma in the Descendants series: 

And now we have Halle Bailey playing Ariel.  

Now, I know Ariel was a redhead in the original animated movie, and white. But the truth is, there is a history for both sides of this color argument.  

So, what’s a girl like me to do? 

I decided to give all the noise a break, and check the biggest plot point of the Little Mermaid: the mermaid’s voice. She is supposed to have the most beautiful in the ocean.  

Exhibit A. Isn’t it lovely? 

That was all the evidence I needed.  

What about the hair? This is Disney. They are a Hollywood Juggernaut. They can get good, water-resistant hair color. 

What about the other family members? Cast accordingly. Both Idris Elba and Terry Crews would make a great Triton.  

If you want white princesses, go for Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle, Merida, Anna, Elsa and, like 50 other princesses I’m forgetting for some reason. I think Halle Bailey is a great choice for Ariel. So, wake up and smell the coffee. We are now a nation of many colors. Representation matters.  

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cambriaj1977

Autistic woman in her 40s, bringing attention to issues that affect her and her kind.

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