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People On Twitter Are Upset That Ariel From ‘The Little Mermaid’ Will Be Black But Mermaids Don’t Exist So

All we’ve ever wanted was the proper representation, diversity in the arts, and inclusivity in all forms. Finally, now that we are starting to get it, people must come out with their claws to criticize. Lately, we’ve seen a resurgence in film and television remakes that are particularly less white than the originals.

Those projects include the remake of “West Side Story,” “The Craft,” “Party Of Five,” and “The Lion King.” The latest retelling of an animation classic has some people up in arms for the most ridiculous of reasons.

Disney is producing a live-action/CGI version of “The Little Mermaid” starring 19-year-old Halle Bailey.

Bailey is one-half of the singing group Chloe and Halle, and also stars in “Grown-ish.” Rob Marshall is set to direct and also stars Melissa McCarthy, Awkwafina, and Jacob Tremblay. Lin-Manuel Miranda has also been pinned to co-produce the film for Disney.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” Rob Marshall, said in a statement according to People magazine.

Critics are lashing out at the casting and say Ariel should not be Black.

Those that are against the casting of “The Little Mermaid” say the actress needs to be white, as the original character was Danish. People are taking to social media to air their grievances. Some are using the hashtag #NotMyAriel while others started a Facebook group under the name, “Christian’s Against the Little Mermaid (Boycott Halle Bailey),” which has been deleted, albeit after attracting 50,000 members.

“Disney has been ruining our childhood classics for the past several years. Their live-action adaptations have been abysmal but now they have gone too far!!!” reads the group’s welcome message according to Slate. “Disney has jumped on the bandwagon of turning prominent red-headed, fair skinned characters into POC. Why not just create a new character? Why is Hollywood trying to wipe out gingers???”

Now Freeform, the network that airs Bailey’s show “Grown-ish” is firing back and supporting their actress.

“Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid,” Freeform said in an Instagram post. “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). 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. 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.”

They go on to say, “But spoiler alert – bring it back to the top – the character of Ariel is a work of fiction. 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.”

The post has been liked more than 50,000 times.

Fans — celebrities as well — are voicing their support for this awesome casting call.

It’s kind of funny how savage people are over who can play a mermaid.

Also, red-headed people are not just white.

Gingers come in every color.

Bailey got a shout out from Halle Berry

This is legendary especially coming from an Academy Award winner. By the way, people on social media actually thought that Halley Berry — not Hailey Bailey — was cast in the film. Okay, we can see why people would make that mistake, but we love the fact that Berry gave her a shoutout.

Janelle Monáe is praising her new role.

It is indeed a perfect choice! Have you heard her sing? She sounds like an angel.

Mariah Carey sent her a congratulatory tweet.

So many young kids will experience Ariel for the very first time.

Lin-Manuel Miranda also celebrated this casting, that we’re sure he had a say in.

He is co-producing the film after all.

As we previously mentioned Jacob Tremblay will star in the film, as Flounder, Awkwafina will be Scuttle, Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula. Although people are livid about that as well. They’re saying a black person should play the role, Ursula. But as one person pointed out, Ursula was neither white or black.

“I see a ton of people debating on if Ursula is white or black, and I have a definitive answer,” a person on Twitter said. “You’re all color blind, she is quite clearly purple – with some grayish or teal-ish tint, depending on the ambient light,” another Twitter user who got in on the debate declared.”

There’s no film release as of yet, but we’re hoping for 2020.

A Couple Wore Swastika Masks To A Walmart But Got Mad When People Called Them Nazis

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A Couple Wore Swastika Masks To A Walmart But Got Mad When People Called Them Nazis

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An unidentified 59-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman’s choice to wear masks emblazoned with swastikas has caused them to be smacked with a one year ban by Walmart. The ban comes at the hands of the couple’s decision to go shopping in a Minnesota Walmart over the weekend while donning the masks which support white supremacy, nazism, and anti-semitism.

The couple wearing swastika masks have been banned from the retail store for at least a year after their behavior was caught on video.

Edit, since this is going much further than I thought it would (and the trolls and haters are starting to roll in): I…

Posted by Raphaela Mueller on Saturday, July 25, 2020

The unidentified couple were captured going through a checkout lane by Raphaela Mueller, a woman who filmed her encounter with them and then shared it on Facebook.

In the video, the woman wearing the mask can be seen holding up both of her middle fingers and saying “If you vote for [Joe] Biden, you’re going to be in Nazi Germany. That’s what it’s going to be like.”

She does this as another shopper tells her “You cannot be American and wear that mask.” In response, the woman rejected being labeled a Nazi. After patrons asked her to remove the mask she marched away and yelled, “F*** you.”

In her post about the incident, Mueller wrote “I was born and raised in Germany, and I grew up hearing about my great-grandmother who fought in the underground against the first wave of Nazis in the 1930s and 40s. Let me make this abundantly clear once and for all – THE SWASTIKA IS A HATE SYMBOL AND YOU DO NOT FLY THE FLAG, YOU DO NOT WEAR THE SYMBOL ANYWHERE ON YOUR BODY, YOU DO NOT USE OR DEFEND THIS SYMBOL, EVER. END OF STORY.”

Speaking to the Associated Press, Mueller went onto explain “I was speechless and shocked. I have heard of [things like this] happening in other places but I never thought I would see something like that.”

In response to the incident, police were called to the store and ultimately they served the couple with trespass notices on behalf of Walmart.

According to a Walmart spokesperson who talked to AP, the store offered the couple disposable face masks to change into but they both refused. Minnesota put into effect a mask mandate over the weekend that requires all customers at stores to wear masks.

“The incident is unacceptable, and the two customers involved were trespassed,” Walmart (who made masks mandatory for customers on July 20) said in a statement addressing the incident. “We will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment inside our stores.”

Soon after their interaction with the police, the man and woman were warned that they could be arrested if they decided to return to the store.

Elena Of Avalor Is Going To Be The Queen And We Love To See The Glow Up

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Elena Of Avalor Is Going To Be The Queen And We Love To See The Glow Up

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“Elena of Avalor” is coming to an end. The show offered people the first Latina Disney princess and that kind of representation is so vital and so important. Three seasons later, the show is coming to an end and the final show is going to change everything.

“Elena of Avalor” changed representation in Disney and it was a long time coming.

Elena gave Disney fans their first Latina Disney princess. For years, Disney was facing pressure to start to include more characters of color. “The Princess and The Frog” was Disney’s first answer to that call and “Elena of Avalor” came after. Finally seeing someone who represented Latinos was a reality.

The final season is going to be the longest so that Elena could get the finale she deserves.

“It has been a tremendous honor for me to bring Disney’s first Latina princess to the screen,” Gerber told The Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone involved with Elena of Avalor, from the creative team to the unbelievable cast and crew, felt the responsibility to get this right. We created the character of Elena with the hope that she would be a role model, not just for young Latina girls watching, but for all children to be able to see what a true leader looks like.”

This show was so impactful, far beyond just the children that watched it.

“From the beginning, Elena’s story arc has been that she would one day become queen,” Gerber told The Hollywood Reporter. “With the series finale, the creative team has been able to bring Elena’s story to the thrilling conclusion that we always envisioned. I can’t wait for viewers to see the final chapter in Elena’s epic adventure.”

Elena’s legacy within the Latino community is going to last forever, that’s for sure.

From all of the “Elena of Avalor” fans, thank you. This show gave us a chance to see our cultures reflected and celebrated with the Disney magic behind it. What a special moment in entertainment this is.

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