The Little Mermaid’s Original Ariel Defends Halle Bailey Casting!

Written by Kecia Gayle July 9, 2019
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The Little Mermaid’s Original Ariel Defends Halle Bailey Casting!

Disney fans still can’t get over the exciting news that “Chloe x Halle” singer Halle Bailey will be taking on the role as the Little Mermaid in the upcoming live-action film.

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The original voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid even spoke out, not only to give her blessing to Halle , but also to defend her following all the criticism she’s been getting for being the first black woman to be cast as the Disney character.

Jodi Benson, who voiced the role in the 1989 animated movie said,

“I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart, and their spirit, is what really counts. And the outside package — ’cause let’s face it, I’m really, really old — and so when I’m singing Part of Your World, if you were to judge me on the way that I look on the outside, it might change the way that you interpret the song. But if you close your eyes, you can still hear the spirit of Ariel.”

She went on to say,

“We need to be storytellers. And no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the color of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever color, we really need to tell the story. And that’s what we want to do, we want to make a connection to the audience. So I know for Disney that they have the heart of storytelling, that’s really what they’re trying to do. They want to communicate with all of us in the audience so that we can fall in love with the film again.”

Production on The Little Mermaid will reportedly begin in 2020. Socialites, are you excited to see the film? Let us know in the comment box below!

Congrats again to Halle Bailey!

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