The trailer for “The Little Mermaid” was released on Friday to mixed reviews.
Social media has been flooded with adorable snaps of little black girls excited to discover that the new Ariel, played by Halle Bailey, looks just like them.
One viral TikToktitled, “when your favorite Disney princess looks like you,” shows a 3-year-old girl immediately sitting up as soon as Ariel swims across the screen.
Little Avery gasps and becomes completely mesmerized by the trailer. She puts her hand over her heart and says, “I think it’s brown.”
Completely beaming, the young girl declares that “Brown Ariel is cute.” The video quickly garnered 5.3 million views and thousands of comments from people expressing their love for the heartwarming video, including Bailey herself.
“Oh my God, my heart,” the R&B singer responded to the video.
In another viral video, a black girl becomes hypnotized by the announcement. When Ariel appears on the screen and begins to sing, the baby puts down her toy and stops playing, completely mesmerized by the announcement.
“Thank you for giving my baby this @halle,” mother Cheryl Neufville captioned the video, which has garnered 7.3 million views in less than 24 hours.
Bailey herself re-shared some of the adorable videos on her personal Twitter account.
“KI just sobbed watching this, thank you, she’s so cute,”
commented the singer on video of young black girls grinning through the entire trailer. “Is that Ariel?” – little Sienna asks her mother in the video while she giggles excitedly.
Little Avery immediately sat up when she saw the new trailer for the first time, excitedly telling her mother, “brown Ariel is cute.”
“Thank you for giving my baby this @halle,” mom Cheryl Neufville wrote on TikTok.
Young black girls around the world were excited to discover that the upcoming movie “The Little Mermaid” was starring an actress of color.
Social media has been flooded with videos of little black girls’ touching reactions to the first trailer.
The actress also shared a
video compilation of little black girls becomes overjoyed to discover that the new Ariel is “brown like me.”
“People have been sending me reactions like this all weekend and I’m really amazed because this means a lot to me,” Bailey said on
In 2019, Disney announced that the “Grown Up” actress would play the popular princess in a live-action remake of the class, and it was immediately met with a wide range of reactions.
The official trailer released on Walt Disney Studios’ YouTube channel on Friday has garnered 13.9 million views and counting in a few days. The video has 626,000 likes, but Disney was forced to disable dislikes after it received 1.5 million thumbs down in just two days,
Daily mail reported.
Some took to Twitter to express their upset over Ariel being played by a black woman using the hashtag #NotMyAriel, but many scoffed at the absurdity.
The detractors’ comments were laced with racism expressing their disapproval of Bailey’s casting, noting that the original 1989 animated film “The Little Mermaid” featured Ariel as white. Meanwhile, others noted that the mermaid princess is a fictional character in a magical world where race is not a factor in the character’s story.
The voice of the original Ariel,
Jodi Benson supported Bailey’s retaliation iconic roles since Disney first announced the casting.
“The most important thing is to tell the story,” Benson said.
Bailey’s version of “The Little Mermaid” will become part of our world on May 26, 2023.