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Freeform Responds to Trolls Over Halle Bailey Casting as Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid'

Freeform Responds to Trolls Over Halle Bailey Casting as Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid'

Freeform has issued an official statement addressing Halle Bailey being cast in The Little Mermaid.

The Disney-owned network took to Instagram on Saturday (July 6) to pen a letter titled “An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls” to address the racist trolls who have slammed the upcoming live-action film for casting the 19-year-old grown-ish star as Ariel.

“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 whever [sic] she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy).”

Freeform continued: “But for the sake of the argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish. Danish mermaids can be black bc 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 thus mer-folk, can also genetically (!!!) have red hair. But spoiler alert – bring it back to the top – the character of Ariel is a work of fiction.”

Freeform concluded: “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 Baily is anything other than 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.”

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Posted to: Disney, Freeform, Halle Bailey, The Little Mermaid

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