Disney's Freeform, the company's channel aimed at teens and young adults, released a statement on Saturday pushing back against the criticism Halle Bailey has received since fans learned that she got the lead in the upcoming Little Mermaid adaptation. Plus, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that Bailey has the sort of otherworldly beauty that makes her a shoo-in to play a mythical creature like a mermaid.
"Dream come true...", she tweeted alongside the image of an Indian-American Ariel singing "Part of Your World" while waves crashed behind her. Today, it remains one of the most beloved remakes of the tale ever made.
They batted down trolls who objected to a black woman being cast in the role, since the animated Ariel was white. "It's a rare occasion when a colored actress will be cast as a Disney princess", the headline from Global Times reads. Said another, "Everyone wants equality but the character looks the way they do for a reason". "But for the sake of argument, let's say that Ariel, too, is Danish".
Berry then followed up Bailey's reply with yet more compliments.
She added: "I was kind of like, 'Whoa, Disney really went and did that!'"
Bailey has had to deal with the downers but lots of Hollywood has stepped out to support her.
Alyssa Milano is thrilled about Halle Bailey leading The Little Mermaid live action. One user commented, "I grew up loving Ariel because she was the first princess with red hair like me, and my daughter loves her for the same reason!"
Although Bailey's musical act has opened for Beyoncé - a huge deal - the much-anticipated flick will mark her first movie.