TikTok has gone viral as a user quells the backlash against The Little Mermaid remake.
Disney released this weekend trailer for the upcoming movie starring Halle Bailey as Ariel.
The casting has already caused a stir online, with fans criticizing the black star for lacking a physical resemblance to the red-haired white cartoon version of the 1989 character.
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Tiktoker Jayden Bricker posted video with the heading “combine everything we discussed into a single store. Halle Bailey kills.”
In the clip, he ranted about why people are racist and defended Bailey’s casting.
The content creator noted that the mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.
They have appeared in the folklore of many cultures around the world, including Europe, Asia, and Africa.
“Because a lot of you keep trying to find source material,” he said.
“That’s where the source material about mermaids comes from, the Mediterranean Sea.
“As you can see, we have Asia, Europe and Africa, which means that mermaids can literally have any skin color.
“The Atlantic is in Denmark. Fun fact, moron, there are black people in Denmark. Did you know it?
“Also H.K. Anderson [author of The Little Mermaid]the original text that the original film is based on didn’t actually clarify anywhere that Ariel was white.
“He just said that her skin was clean and soft like a rose leaf.
Jayden went on to point out that Ariel’s skin color has nothing to do with the plot. Mermaid.
“Ariel’s race doesn’t affect anything. History does not change,” he said.
He added that the original cartoon will not cease to exist after the release of this film.
“You have your Arial, it makes you feel nostalgic. Stop being racist and let young black girls grow up with the same nostalgia.
“Why don’t they just make an original character, then maybe they don’t fucking want it.
“I don’t really approve of all these remakes, but it’s up to you to watch them or not.”
The post garnered 240,000 likes and 4,500 comments.
“I spent so much of my week in the Facebook comment sections defending the casting of a mythical creature, thanks for your video!!!” written by one person.
“Let them grow up with that YES nostalgia,” commented another.
“This is the best video on tik tok right now, listen everyone,” wrote a third.
Last month, Bailey opened up about how she dealt with the racist hate she experienced while casting.
Speaking with DiversityThe 22-year-old said her grandparents helped her get through the backlash.
“It was uplifting and wonderful to hear their words of encouragement telling me, ‘You don’t understand what this is doing for us, for our community, for all the little black and brown girls who will see themselves in you,'” she told the publication.
Bailey reflected on how inspired she would have been in her youth if Ariel had been black.
“What would it do for me, how would it change my confidence, my belief in myself, everything,” she said.
“Things that seem so small to everyone else are so big to us.”
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is expected to hit theaters on May 26, 2023.