Freeform Had The Most Epic Response To Those Who Continue To Criticize Halle Bailey’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Casting

Since Disney announced their decision to cast actress and singer, Halle Bailey, as Ariel in the new live-action, The Little Mermaid, many haven’t been too happy with their choice.

Instead of being supportive of Bailey’s new role, internet commenters have been bashing the idea of a black woman playing the iconic Disney mermaid.

Freeform defends Halle Bailey's casting in live action 'Little Mermaid'
Halle Bailey | Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Even though many fans have been defending the Grown-ish actress from the online hate, Disney’s cable network Freeform recently stepped in and put those naysayers in their place.

Many are upset Disney cast a non-white actress to play Ariel

As many of us start to get older, we are realizing that not everything can please people, even something as simple as a movie.

This past week, many were ecstatic to learn that Disney had cast its new Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

Halle Bailey, who is one half of the music duo Chloe X Halle, recently made headlines as the person who will be playing the iconic underwater princess.

Since Bailey is musically gifted and possesses the rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, and innocence, there should have no question as to why she landed the role.

Even though Halle Bailey is the perfect person to play Ariel, many people are upset that she was cast, mainly because she is not caucasian.

Seeing as though the animated Ariel was represented as white, people think that Disney should have stuck with the same concept for the live-action remake.

Some people have even gone as far as to start the petition #NotMyAriel to have Disney recast the character with a white actress who resembles the red-headed Disney princess from the animated film.

Although fans have been coming to Halle Bailey’s defense and sharing why she deserves to be Ariel, it has just been a constant back and forth between them and haters on social media.

Freeform is fed up with the online hate

The online hate over Disney’s The Little Mermaid casting has been going on for way too long and many people are sick of others not being open to change.

Completely done with the constant online negativity surrounding this casting decision, Freeform recently took to Instagram to finally put those commenters in their place.

The cable network titled the post, “An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls,” and laid out straight facts regarding mermaids and their racial identity.

“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),” the post read. “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,” the letter continued. “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. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair.”

Freeform then went on to mention the story of Ariel is fiction all while defending Halle Bailey’s casting.

“But spoiler alert – bring it back to the top – the character of Ariel is a work of fiction,” the network continued. “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 it is because she ‘doesn’t look like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I have some news for you…about you.”

At the end of the day, Halle Bailey is the best choice for Ariel and hopefully won’t let to constant negativity stop her from living out her dream as a real-life Disney princess.