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As Disney Is Rumored To Cast Harry Styles As Prince Eric, Here Are Our Handsome Picks To Play The Disney Character

Recently, there’s been a lot of news surrounding the controversial casting of African-American actress Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”. As you’ve probably seen, there’s been more than a few haters taking to their keyboards to voice their opinions about Ariel’s updated look under the hashtag #NotMyAriel. We understand that people are particularly protective over their childhood memories, but we’re also of the mind that “The Little Mermaid” is a fantasy story set in a fictional world where mermaids actually exist. So, the idea of a beautiful mermaid princess being Black isn’t something that’s more far-fetched than, I don’t know, a mermaid actually existing in the first place.

We, for one, are excited about the splash of color in the new film and would love to see Disney take their diverse casting a little further. We already know that Asian-American actress Awkwafina is in talks to play the goofy seagull, Scuttle, so we know that Disney is keeping their mind open when it comes to the ethnicity of their cast. We think that this “Little Mermaid” remake is the perfect opportunity cast Prince Eric as a sexy Latino man. We may be biased since Prince Eric was our first crush (and possibly our one true love), but the idea of seeing Latinx representation in the upcoming film along with a black Ariel just makes us giddy with joy. And in case Disney is at a loss for where to start when it comes to casting Ariel’s Prince Charming, we’ve decided to lend them a hand and make a list of 17 Latino zaddies that would make a perfect Prince Eric to Halley Bailey’s Ariel.

Take a peek below!

1. Josh Segarra

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Josh Segarra is a Puerto Rican-American singer and actor that has been the star of numerous Broadway musicals, including the Gloria Estefan-inspired Broadway show “On Your Feet”, in which he played Emilio Estefan. His singing and acting talents, as well as his chiseled features, would make him the perfect Prince Eric.

2. Bruno Mars

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Who wouldn’t love to see Puerto Rican-Filipino Bruno Mars on the big screen, playing the Knight in Shining Armor who rescues Ariel from her doomed fate as one of Ursula’s Poor Unfortunate Souls? Although Prince Eric doesn’t have any musical numbers in the original movie, we’re sure that they’d add a song or two for Mr. Mars.

3. Maluma

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Women of all ages would flock to the movie theaters to see Colombian heartthrob Maluma play the dashing Prince Eric. Not only can he sing, but any woman in their right mind would understand why Ariel would give up her voice for a chance at winning this hottie’s heart.

4. Rome Flynn

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Twitter is already abuzz with the idea of Afro-Cuban zaddy Rome Flynn playing Prince Eric opposite to Halle Bailey’s Ariel. Just look at that smolder. He could melt any girl’s heart.

5. Anthony Ramos

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Sure, you saw him and loved him in supporting roles in fan-favorites like “Hamilton” and a “Star is Born”, but we think it’s time for Nuyorican actor Anthony Ramos to take his rightful place as a leading man now. Those freckles, that smile…sigh.

6. Michael Galante

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We’ve seen up-and-coming Latino actor Michael Galante on guilty pleasure TV shows like “Jane the Virgin” and “The Good Fight”, but we think it’s time this talented guy takes a leap to the silver screen. We mean, just check out this sexy Instagram account.

7. Miguel

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Miguel is a talented singer of mixed Mexican and Black descent. He’s already shown us he can act in the neo-noir movie “Live By Night”, and we’re sure he could pull of the smiley, charismatic Prince Eric in this new movie.

8. Diego Boneta

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We know, we know–you’re sick of seeing Diego Boneta on our dream cast lists, but there’s a reason he keeps popping up in our imagination! This Mexican actor is not only gorgeous, but he’s is musically talented as well. Boneta first showed off his singing skills in the telenovela, “Rebelde”, and then he went on to release a self-titled album in select Latin American countries. We honestly think he was made for the role of Prince Eric.

9. Prince Royce

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Prince Royce is the Dominican Prince we’ve been waiting to see on the big screen. Can’t you just imagine him jumping into the ocean in a desperate attempt to save Halle Bailey from certain doom? We know we could.

10. Tyler Posey

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Tyler Posey has the exact kind of face that would make any girl fall in love with him after seeing him on the deck of a boat for five minutes. Additionally, the actor of Mexican descent fronts his own band called “Lost in Kostko”.

11. Tristan Mack Wilds

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Tristan Wilds has a resume that would put most young actors to shame. The Cuban-American actor has been in critically-acclaimed movies like “The Secret Life of Bees” and  “Red Tails” and he’s also starred in hit TV shows like the “90210” reboot and “Shots Fired.”  We’d love to see him put on an over-the-top costume for “The Little Mermaid” and show us his range.

12. Danilo Carrera

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Danilo Carrera is a stunning Ecuadorian actor and model who bears an uncanny resemblance to Prince Eric. We would love to see him break into the US market with a meaty role in a big-budget film like “The Little Mermaid” remake.

13. Jencarlos Canela

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Jencarlos Canela is a triple threat: actor, singer, Cubano. But, seriously, this talented guy definitely has what it takes to hold his own against Halle Bailey in this live-action remake. Just check out his incredible Insta account!

14. Ismael Cruz Cordova

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Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova had an incredible year, starring in both “Mary Queen of Scots” with Saoirse Ronan and “Miss Bala” with Gina Rodriguez, so we know he could handle being on the set of a blockbuster movie like “The Little Mermaid”. And not only is Cordova incredibly talented, but he’s also incredibly hot.

15. Samuel Larsen

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Samuel Larsen first hit the scene by entering the TV contest “The Glee Project” and winning a role on the hit TV series, “Glee”. Most recently, Larsen flexed his acting chops in the role of Zed in the sexy teen drama “After”.This brooding actor/singer of Mexican descent would be a really interesting choice to play the traditionally upbeat role of Prince Eric.

16. Diego Tinoco

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You may know Diego Tinoco as the character Cesar Diaz on the Netflix show “On My Block”. Tinoco may seem young, but one look at his Instagram page, and you’d be well-assured that he’s old enough to play a leading man in a Disney movie. Cesar Diaz is all grown up!

17. Froy Gutierrez

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You may know Mexican-American actor Froy Gutierrez from shows such as “Bella and the Bulldogs”, “One Day at a Time”, and “Teen Wolf”. It’s easy to imagine Gutierrez standing on a beach, looking out into the sea for his long-lost love, Ariel. We definitely stan this dream casting.

 
 

7 of the Most Racist Tropes in Disney Movies

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7 of the Most Racist Tropes in Disney Movies

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On November 12th, Disney launched its much-anticipated streaming service Disney+, a platform that offers over 7,000 television episodes and 500 films of Disney titles to its subscribers. And while the influx of beloved Disney content is exciting, some Disney fans can’t help but cringe at the outdated, stereotypical tropes that some of the House of Mouse’s older content employed. And while racist tropes and offensive stereotypes were par for the course decades ago, we are now living in a world where sensitive cultural representation in the media is of the utmost importance. 

Aware of people’s lowered tolerance for racism in their entertainment, Disney+ has issued content warnings on some of their titles. The warning reads: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions”. And while some are applauding Disney for acknowledging the problematic nature of some of their content, others don’t think that a mere content warning is enough. Others are calling for Disney to make a greater effort to reckon with their problematic legacy. In light of these development, here are seven of the most racist moments in Disney movies that you can look out for when deciding on your next Disney+ viewing.

1. The Siamese Cats in “Lady and the Tramp”

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When “Lady and the Tramp” was released in 1955, it wasn’t unusual for the entertainment industry to create characters based on offensive stereotypes of what they believed people of Asian descent acted like. One of the most offensive instances of this were there characters “Si” and “Am” in “Lady and the Tramp”–two mischievous and troublesome cats who come into Lady’s home and make a mess, which Lady is ultimately blamed for. It doesn’t help that the cats are illustrated with slanted eyes and sing with broken accents. 

2. Everything about “Song of the South”

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Probably the most offensive and problematic of all Disney movies, “Song of the South” was released in 1946. It follows the story of a young boy who befriends Uncle Remus, a former slave who teaches him about life through a series of fables. The movie is upsetting for many reasons, one of which is the way the movie expresses nostalgia for the pre-Civil War way of life–which even the movie’s black characters seem to long for. The song “Song of the South” is the perfect example of this, where a black choir sings, “This heart of mine is in the heart of Dixie. That’s where I belong”. 

3. The Crows in “Dumbo”

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The crows in “Dumbo” are a play on blackface minstrel characters that much of the American audience would’ve been familiar with at the time of “Dumbo”‘s release in 1941. To add insult to injury, the character of Jim Crow (yes, that’s actually his name), was voiced by white actor Cliff Edwards, voicing an exaggerated version of a stereotypical black Southern voice. In “Dumbo”, Jim is depicted as lazy, dumb, and indulgent. This offensive stereotype of black people was well-known in the South. 

4. Sunflower in “Fantasia”

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In the original “Fantasia” released in 1940, the movie features a little black character named Sunflower. Sunflower was a black little girl with the body of a donkey. She was drawn with dark skin, an over-exaggerated nose and lips and braids in her hair. From her brief appearance in the movie, her apparent purpose in life was to help the glamorous white centaurs with their beauty routine (she was shown as filing the nails of a centaur). In later version, her character was cropped out completely of the movie to avoid a public outcry. 

5. “What Makes a Red Man Red?” in “Peter Pan”

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The racism inherent in “Peter Pan” is laid out plainly in the song “What Makes a Red Man Red?” that Neverland’s tribe of Native Americans sings to explain their history to the Lost Boys. The song is meant to be the origin story of how Native Americans got their skin color. The lyrics are as follows: “Let’s go back a million years/To the very first Injun prince/He kissed a maid and start to blush/And we’ve all been blushin’ since”. 

6. “Arabian Nights” in “Aladdin”

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Critics of “Aladdin” have long called the movie problematic for the way it depicts people of Middle Eastern descent and how it fails to illustrate the differences between various Middle Eastern cultures. Instead, the Kingdom of Agraba is a mish-mash of various cultures of the Middle East which implies that the cultures are interchangeable. And don’t forget the most problematic pat of the movie, the song “Arabian Nights” that contains the following lyrics: “I come from a land…Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face. It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home”.

7. Shun Gon in “The Aristocats”

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The Chinese cat Shun Gon in “The Aristocats” is another prime example of a racist character that Disney employed in their earlier movies. Shun Gon is a member of O’Malley the Alley Cat’s street gang. He speaks in broken English, has slanted eyes and prominent teeth, and plays the piano with chopsticks. In other words, it doesn’t get more offensive that this. 

Here’s Everything We Know About the Lizzie McGuire Reboot

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Here’s Everything We Know About the Lizzie McGuire Reboot

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When Disney first debuted their now-iconic “Lizzie McGuire” tv series in 2001, soon-to-be life-long fans of the series instantly identified a hit. The series, which starred Hillary Duff as the titular character followed Lizzie a teenaged girl navigating the obstacles that come with being an adolescent. At its peak, the series which lasted for three years and included a theatrical film titled The Lizzie McGuire Movie, was nominated for Emmy Awards and won various Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Now, much to the delight of women in their 20s and 30s who grew up clicking through channels to find “Lizzie McGuire” marathons (instead of streaming them) are now getting to revisit the series again. This time, with Lizzie McGuire being all grown up. 

This past August, fans of Lizzie received news that Hillary Duff would be returning to her iconic role for Disney+. The rebooted series, which will be of the same name, is to debut on Disney’s new streaming platform and while we don’t have too many details yet, there are some things we’ve been able to uncover thanks to our trusty journalism skills and Instagram stalking know-how. 

So! here’s what we know.

It will be on Disney+ and can be added to a bundle.

If you don’t want another app on your streaming device, you don’t have to sign up with Disney+ directly. Instead, you can get the Disney+ bundle with Hulu or ESPN+ included for $13.

We’re not sure who is definitely going to be in the series but Lizzie’s old BFF will for sure be there! 

A Lizzie McGuire reboot would be nothing without Hillary Duff so fans can be assured she’s definitely taking on the role of Lizzie. Hillary announced the reboot back in August saying, “the good news is, just like me and everybody who loved Lizzie and has grown up with her, Lizzie’s also grown up. She’s older, she’s wiser, she has a much bigger shoe budget, which is super exciting. She has her dream job. She has kind of the perfect life right now.”  On Instagram, Duff revealed that production for the series is already underway.  “SURPRISE!!! I’ve been trying to contain this excitement for a loooong time while this has been in the works!” she wrote. “I am beyond excited to be home again, back with my girl ♥️…and into her 30’s,” she wrote in a post. 

Adam Lamberg, AKA Lizzie’s best friend Gordo, is set to return. In an statement for Entertainment Weekly, Duff explained that “Gordo was an essential piece of the puzzle to what made the original Lizzie McGuire so authentic and beloved. I couldn’t imagine the series without him. I can’t wait for fans to see what he’s up to 15 years later and how he fits into Lizzie’s adult world.”

The series takes place when Lizzie is on the brink of turning 30.

The Lizzie McGuire reboot is set to pick up with Lizzie living in NYC and looking at turning 30. Working as an apprentice to an interior designer and engaged to a chef with his own restaurant, Lizzie appears to have her life pretty together. And yet, we can’t help but think that in true Lizzie fashion she’s still a bit clumsy and spazzing out when confronted about whether or not to ask for a bra. This feels particularly true considering that Duff has explained that the series won’t actually be set in NYC.

 “She’s not going to stay in Brooklyn too long, actually,” Duff explained in an interview. “That’s where she’s been, but she’ll be coming back to Los Angeles. She’s forced out of New York. She’s like, ‘I can’t be here anymore.’” 

Lizzie’s in love again and it’s not with Ethan Craft.

According to reports, the new series sees Lizzie with a boyfriend restaurateur who owns a restaurant in SoHo which means he’s successful as hell. But it sounds like the relationship isn’t all that perfect because it eventually ends. “You know what, I don’t know if I was as devastated by that,” Duff told Vulture in an interview.  “I feel like them not being together is what was so good…. It’s that one person that you’re like, ‘Was he the one? Is it ever going to be?’ You’re always kind of wondering. We wanted it to hurt everyone a little bit, and it’ll continue to hurt.” 

Speaking about Lamber being in the series, Duff said  “I really hope he’s going to be involved… We’ve been planning out the season and coming up with what everything looks like, and it’s so important for him to be there for part of it.

Earlier this month in interview with E!, Duff also hinted that Lizzie might even cross paths with her old middle school crush. “He is hot. He’s very hot,” Duff said of Snyder.

 “I’m pretty sure there’s going to be, there’s going to be a thing. ‘Why now?’ I think it’s the right time to set back in and have her go along with you in your 30s and all the fun times, and all of the big monumental moments, and all of the challenges that you’re faced with,” Duff went onto explain to People. “I just thought that there was an opportunity there for her to be grown-up and for her to be there for women again.”