La young African American actress and singer Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in the remake of the iconic Disney cartoon. And there was no shortage of (sterile) controversies
He is only 22 years old, but on the shoulders of Halle Bailey there is a lot of responsibility: that of interpreting the Mermaida character who has been and will be iconic for generations, in the new live action from Disney to be released in May 2023. And to face the criticisms of those who do not consider it adequate to do so, not so much for the talent, but for its appearance and for the color of his skin.
Bailey, in fact, is African American, and already when she was chosen for the role of Arielthe indomitable mermaid with long red hair who falls in love with a human, has been overwhelmed by criticisms along with the production: why choose a black actress to play a character that Hans Christian Andersenin 1837, he described in his fairy tale as “a girl with light and delicate skin like a rose petal, blue eyes like a deep lake”, and who in the iconic 1989 Disney cartoon had white skin and red hair ?
The answer came, indirectly, from the reactions of those who will see the new live action at the cinema: i childrenin particular the girls who in the Ariel played by Bailey see and recognize each other, with awe and wonder. The videos that invaded TikTok after the spread of the teaser in which Ariel-Halle (who besides being an actress is also a singer) is seen singing a piece of the soundtrack: the shared films all feature African American children who, seeing the Little Mermaid, show joy and wonder: “She’s black, mom, it’s like me. “
Net of the controversies that unfortunately continue to rage on social media, this is still a golden moment for the protagonist of the film: it was she herself who shared a roundup of reaction videos, underlining how “seeing the reactions of these children excites me and it moves me so much. It means the world to me, thank you all for your unwavering support ».CopyAMP code.
More than 3.3 million followers on Instagram, an icon of Generation Z (she was born in 2000), Halle started singing from a very young age, with the older sister Chloe: Sisters wrote their own songs and learned to play instruments by watching video tutorials on YouTube, gaining huge popularity with their channel and with some Beyoncé song covers. The official debut of Chloe x Halle took place in 2016 with a first EP, and in 2018 their participation in the American stages of the world tour of Beyoncé And Jay Z. In the following years the duo has won dozens of awards, received as many nominations at the most prestigious events and participated in some of the most important American musical events.
In 2019 for Halle, which he repeated several times that he was inspired by Billie Holiday for her musical and artistic training, she was consecrated to the cinema, after being chosen to interpret Ariel in the live-action remake of the Little Mermaid directed by Rob Marshall: “After extensive research – the director had announced – we it became clear that Halle owns a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance (as well as a glorious voice), all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role ».