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.