The Little Mermaid: Comparing Halle Bailey’s Ariel to ‘What If Mulan Were White’ Is Whataboutery’s Worst Possible Example

Disney has found an amazing young talent to star as Ariel in the live-action remake of The little Mermaid. It was none other than Halle Bailey, a phenomenal singer and actress who blew up recently and was quickly signed to Beyoncé’s label. However, this move was met with a mixed response. While many are excited about the starlet’s inclusion in the film as Ariel’s character, others have raised objections.

Critics felt that the character of Ariel was depicted as a red-haired white princess in the animated film and therefore the actress in the live-action remake of it should have similar physical characteristics. However, this is false and we explain why.

Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey

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Tearing down racist objections to Halle Bailey’s casting

Halle Bailey
Halle Bailey would play Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Fans who object to Halle Bailey’s casting should understand that the original story itself doesn’t mention Princess Ariel’s race. In fact, Ariel is a mermaid – half fish and half human and therefore cannot be compared to characters like Mulan who have a definite ethnicity and heritage attached to their character. Fictional characters who do not have an ethnicity inherently attached to their character can be played by an actor from any background.

What matters is the skill and talent of the actress and in Halle Bailey, Disney has found a fascinating choice.

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Why Halle Bailey is a Fantastic Choice for Ariel in The Little Mermaid

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Halle Bailey is perfect for the role of Ariel. She has a beautiful and moving voice worthy of a princess. Additionally, Disney executives came out and testified to the talent and charm of the young starlet. The grace and dignity with which the young star responded to the hate and racism she faced online reflects her admirable character. Her artistic and musical talents combined with her charming character are reason enough to make her the right choice to play Princess Ariel.

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