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Halle Bailey Addresses Backlash Over Black Ariel In New Little Mermaid Film

Halle Bailey Addresses Backlash Over Black Ariel In New Little Mermaid Film
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In case you are not aware of what's happening with Disney's new Little Mermaid remake, there has been a huge online uproar since the film's trailer was released.

Some people have an issue with the fact that the lead character, Halle Bailey, is not caucasian. This goes to show just how far we have to go as a society.

Bailey has decided to come out and address the issue through her YouTube channel. The things she said on the platform are quite an inspiration.

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She began by saying that she was grateful for getting an opportunity to appear in the film. Although people said many negative things, she claimed this reminded her that she had to be "grounded."

Bailey said that she knew it would have meant a lot to her to see "a Black Ariel" when she was a little girl. In the video, she swore this would have changed her "whole outlook on life."

These comments by the film's star are similar to comments she had made earlier about her role in the movie.

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Recently, she had told the media that she felt grateful that she could bring Ariel's character to life for the sake of young Black children:

"The fact that now it's getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, a woman of color, I'm just like, wow, I'm so grateful for what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me. "

She explained that if she had seen herself when younger in that manner, she would have a very different perspective today.

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Halle Bailey Addresses Backlash Over Black Ariel In New Little Mermaid Film

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Before the film's release, Bailey had also admitted that she had gotten a lot of pressure for taking on the iconic role. However, she described the experience as "surreal."

She could not hide her excitement about the film because she is also a huge fan of other such projects. For this reason, she thought it was "amazing" that she got to play Ariel.

The actress also said she had been a fan of the film since she was a little girl. Therefore, she was under a lot of pressure because she was trying to deliver everything she felt when she watched the film as a young girl.

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Bailey claimed to have been pretty proud of herself for giving the film "110 percent."