Tell Us How You Really Feel- Should Disney Change a Character’s Race?

Written by on 22 July 2019

The month of July has been an interesting one in the world of Disney so far. With the death of a beloved Disney actor to the premier Spiderman: Far Away From Home to the newly released trailer for the upcoming Live-Action 1998 classic “Mulan”. However, the biggest news from the company is the released casting ideas and conformation for the Live-Action adaptation of another Disney classic “The Little Mermaid.” As of recently, Disney has considered Harry Styles as the human prince Eric, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as the Villain Ursula. With all the characters falling into place, there is one such casting that has sparked debates. The lead actress to play the main mermaid Ariel has been the 19-year old singer and actor Halle Bailey of singing group Chloe x Halle. This casting decision has raised the concerns the notion of if a young African-American woman is allowed to play the Danish red head in the live action adaptation. With the introduction of race changes in movies and casting in newer Disney films, did Disney make the right decision by making Ariel a different race or ethnicity with the current casting or is Disney ruining the authenticity of  “The Little Mermaid” by making this casting decision? Tell us how you really feel on our social media sites, calling your response on Side A, Side B, or the Westside, or answer below. Your response s may end up on the air! All tea no shade

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