Internet Racists Think The Black Little Mermaid Is White Genocide
It's Kwanzaa in July, y'all!! The gifts and feasts are rolling in for the Black Wakandan Diaspora here in the United States: We'll have Black Barbecues all month, Black Bike Week is all wrapped up, we'll have Black Pool Parties where nobody gets in the pool, but most exciting of all, we'll have a new Black Princess and some White Genocide!
Disney hired a black actor, Halle Bailey, to play Ariel in the live action version of The Little Mermaid, and racist trolls are MAD ABOUT IT! Awwww, poor trolls are just so bothered, just so trolly, and I'm just glad it doesn't bother me. When we first got the news that Ariel is going to be black now, with Lin-Manuel Miranda composing NEW SONGS, you can imagine the celebrations that went on within Black Twitter circles.
Turn the sound on to get the full effect.
Black Twitter reacting to the news that Halle Bailey from the group ChloeXHalle was cast as Ariel in Disney's Live… https://t.co/IZfYfxyGTe— Matthew A. Cherry 🏁 (@Matthew A. Cherry 🏁)1562184679.0
Hallie Bailey is a 19 year old child star, born in Atlanta, Georgia, and is one half of the group "Chloe x Halle". She's fucking awesome, so awesome that all the racist trolls could focus on was her hair color and skin tone and their feelings about a white woman being replaced by a black woman. Lord knows, we have never had white women play roles meant for minority women, like that time Angelina Jolie, a VERY WHITE WOMAN wore "brown face" while playing Mariane Pearl, who is Afro-Dutch. But as I explained many many many times to various people on Twitter who cried about "Blackwashing" and white erasure, Mermaids don't fucking exist. They are not real, and even if they were fucking real, they would not be human, and would not give a shit about our race problems. So, shut the fuck up, dummy. On to better things...
Now, about Our Hallie, if you take a look at her spirit, talent, creativity, beauty, and personality, you can see why Prince Eric ain't mad about the new Ariel replacing the old model.
"After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role," Marshall said in a statement.
Production is anticipated to begin in early 2020.
HAPPY TIME!!! You're about to watch a music video I love so much, I believe that as you listen to her singing, you will find that you begin to fully believe that nobody else can play Ariel, she is EVERYTHING she needs to be, and WE are here for this, we love this, this is beautiful. We are happy.
Chloe x Halle - Warrior (from A Wrinkle in Time) (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com
While most of Black Twitter has been rejoicing over the incredible news, some bitter fans of the original fairytale movie have taken to the site to attempt to prove why the mythical creature, whose race plays no significance in her story, must be portrayed by a white actress.
Yr Wonderbitch was there being incognegro when the crazy began, and I am still there watching "people" (bots) act the veriest fool over the hair and skin color of an imaginary creature.
Lets's begin with Rebeccs, a troll account we had the misfortune to encounter.
"Rebeccs" started out as a cool white chick wearing John Lennonish glasses who lives in the South and loves Taylor Swift, so far so good. Rebeccs, seems to have a problem with Disney.
Uh oh, did Rebeccs just throw away a fully paid for Little Mermaid DVD? (No, "she" googled that image, just like her profile photo, and her "half black best friend" she used to prove her unracism.)
Once Black Twitter began to destroy "her" soul through schadenfreude and mockery, she broke down, went full "Battle Flag Nazi" and slighted Rihanna like she lost her damn mind.
Um, no stoopid.
So, who did this dumbass troll turn out to be?
Yeah, Rebeccs is a boy troll who likes to fan the flames of racist shitfires.
The account is now suspended.
That wasn't the only troll we managed to unmask as not a real account.
My children were raised with Ariel. She's an icon in the eyes of many children & adults of today. To change her rac… https://t.co/W173pUyYhs— Stephanie Renee (@Stephanie Renee)1562286079.0
To all the people who are causing me grief over me wishing to keep Ariel white (it doesn't matter if she's real or… https://t.co/zEr5VMwYft— Stephanie Renee (@Stephanie Renee)1562295767.0
Is this even a real person, tho?
Looks like a nice enough lady...
Uh oh! Spaghetti-o!
Looks like Renee is ANOTHER fake ass account here to start shit and fan the flames of racist shitfires.
Here is the real Stephanie, who uses her old twitter @ as her screen name, probably as a form of protest against that asshole who is tweeting in her name while Twitter most likely does absolutely nothing at all to help.
Now, let's talk about the red hair and white skin Our Ariel does not have. So what? MERMAIDS ARE NOT REAL. They can be whatever color you want them to be if you're paying to produce the show. Also? The Red Hair was arbitrary.
Oh My Disney has a little tidit:.
The color of Ariel's hair was a point of contention amongst the team. The red was chosen in part because red and green are complementary colors, and also because Daryl Hannah had just played a blonde mermaid in the very popular "Splash."
People who know me know that I have a great love for the Ginger people, because they are magic. Red hair on a woman is obviously a sign of a powerful witch or sorceress, so of course I'm in favor of more Red-heads being featured. And proof of the magic of Ginger people is the fact that they started calling assholes out for speaking for them, and using them, their hair, and their SPF 5,000 "classic" white skin to further oppress black woman.
Ginger women don't lack representation. We might, in the UK, face a bit of stick, born perhaps of an anti-Celtic sentiment, and the sort of nasty sexualisation all women sadly face. But this is the worst of what happens to us as a result of our hair colour. Black women, however, face hate crime and the sharp end of structural inequality. They're regularly sidelined in education, refused jobs, paid less and disenfranchised by various state institutions because of their race. They're frequently stereotyped as angry or sassy and nothing in between. Giving young black women a role model in the new Ariel won't fix those problems, but it certainly won't hurt to give them what I had growing up: the extra confidence boost of seeing a bit of themselves on screen. And it'll be good for the rest of us, too.
Good on you, girl.
Also? Mermaids were depicted in ALL TYPES OF COLORS, ok racist shitbag bots?
MEDIEVAL MERMAID THREAD White people on the internet: The Little Mermaid can't be black! It's a European legend! S… https://t.co/6y9Kaodbh1— Erik Wade (@Erik Wade)1562227189.0
I mean, of course our beautiful moment just HAD to be shat upon by the vagaries of internet life. I'M SURE we all cringed at white twitter's ethnocentrism, mocked them as they poured out the vials of their wrath upon Hallie, ridiculed them as they cursed blackness in general, and pointed out that they were FAKE ACCOUNTS.
Since The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen turned out quite a bit different than the animated version by Disney, to say the least, we are hoping this version sticks to the script for the most part, because if she dies and turns into seafoam, the racist trolls might enjoy themselves, and we are not here for that. WE WILL CUT YOU. Black Women receive years of ninja-like training that teaches us to be unbothered by white nonsense-- we don't play. Day after day, month after month, year after year, we black women hone our side-eye skills, craft our witty one liners, and face these assholes head on. So, keep your dirty mouth off Our Beautiful Ariel, and we won't have no problems.
And now? YOUR OPEN THREAD. Enjoy!
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