The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, has blasted back at ‘internet racists’ who criticised Disney’s decision to cast a black woman as Ariel in the 2023 movie, The Little Mermaid.
Singer and actress, Halle Bailey, has been cast to play Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid which is set to release in May next year.
The casting resulted in a swarm of internet users criticising the decision on various social media platforms.
On an episode of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah expressed his dismay at the criticism the film has received, prior to its release.
“Once again, a bunch of internet racists are upset that a fictional character is being played by a Black person. Honestly, I don’t know what the big deal is,” said Trevor.
“Look, stop being ridiculous; it’s imaginary. I hope this scandal doesn’t overshadow the rest of the movie,” the comedian added.
Once again, a bunch of internet racists are upset that a fictional character is being played by a Black person. pic.twitter.com/WY09MVyApP
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) September 16, 2022
Bailey has said that she is excited about the film, according to HotNewHipHop.com.
“You know being here today is so surreal,” the actress said.
“I definitely think that because I love this movie so much, and I’ve treasured it since I was a little girl, I did put a bit of pressure on myself. Just because I want to deliver all of the feels that I saw when I was a little girl… Knowing that gave it my all and gave 110 per cent into everything in this film, I am really proud of myself.”
Comments on social media ranged from comical to cynical. Read comments below:
- “Mermaids ain’t real and in the ocean where’s fishes are they don’t have a race either. That’s the difference. It’s the adults really making so much noise over nothing.”
- “I was more concerned that Ariel would be played by a 56-year-old lol then I reread the name.”
- “Ariel is a cool girl – has nothing to do with her looks. Do mermaids drink wine cuz I’d be down for happy hour with her.”
- “To be Frank, the new Ariel isn’t sending an important message to our kids, it’s the adults making the messages/insults/outrage for kids to see.
- My 6 year old saw the trailer and loved it no mention of her hair colour or her skin colour!Just can she go and see the real life Ariel …So stop making it something.”
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