Freeform Responds To Halle Bailey’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Casting Backlash

While many people have praised Halle Bailey‘s casting as Ariel in the forthcoming live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’, others are upset that a black actress had been chosen to play the role.

The African-American singer/actress is set to play the lead character that was presented as Caucasian in the original 1989 animated version.

Some social media users have began using the hashtag #NotMyAriel to express their displeasure with the casting news, which was announced on Wednesday.

Following the criticism of the casting, Freeform posted an open letter to the “Poor, Unfortunate Souls.” The Walt Disney Company-owned network is home to the Grown-ish sitcom which features Halle Bailey, her sister Chloe Bailey, Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Diggy Simmons, and Luka Sabbat.

The network’s Instagram account shared a text post that was captioned, “An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls.” The post included the hashtags #TheLittleMermaid, #Ariel and #MyAriel.

Rob Marshall, who recently helmed the studio’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ is set to direct the film. Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are in talks to star and lend their voices to other live-action and CG parts.

The Bailey siblings perform as the Grammy-nominated R&B duo Chloe x Halle. Their discography includes the 2018 album The Kids Are Alright. In addition, Chloe x Halle sang “America the Beautiful” at Super Bowl LIII in February.

The sister were excited about The Little Mermaid casting, they took to social media to share with their fans saying, “dream come true…”

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