Freeform Defends Grown-Ish Star Halle Bailey Casting As Ariel In ‘Little Mermaid’ Live-Action
Disney’s Freeform, network, formerly ABC Family, is silencing all of the critics with a thorough clapback in support of its Grown-ish star Halle Bailey, who’s been casted as Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
While some question the casting director’s decision, the network’s Instagram account writes “an open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls, “Yes. The original author of ‘The Little Mermaid’ was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish. Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight.”
In addition the statement reads, “Black Danish people, and thus mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair. But spoiler alert – bring it back to the top – the character of Ariel is a work of fiction. 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 is is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you…about you.”
dream come true… 🧜🏽♀️🌊 pic.twitter.com/sndjYUS6wO
— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) July 3, 2019