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The Little Mermaid's first full-length trailer is being flooded hundreds of thousands of dislikes on YouTube

Charisa Bossinakis

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The Little Mermaid's first full-length trailer is being flooded hundreds of thousands of dislikes on YouTube

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Negative nancies have struck against the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid again.

The first full-length trailer for the upcoming film dropped earlier this week during the 95th Academy Awards and viewers were buzzing over the extended sneak peek.

They'd only had teasers here and there, so to see Ariel in all her glory was amazing.



But, of course, the trolls have fought back, and the trailer has received more than 600,00 (83 per cent) dislikes.

Honestly, don’t you people have a job? Your beloved mermaid has fiery red dreadlocks now - get over it!

Unfortunately, this is nothing new for the highly awaited Disney flick, as the teaser released last year also attracted three million dislikes.


Ever since Halle Bailey was officially announced as the actor to portray the world’s most iconic mermaid for the live-action version of the Disney classic in 2019, there was fierce backlash.

The casting news even had fans tweeting the hashtag #NotMyAriel, which became trending.

One troll even wrote: “The Little Mermaid is a Danish fairy tale The Danish people are, historically speaking, white

“Why make Ariel black? Just because it’s 2023? It’s not racism, it’s simply wondering why the need to change it in the first place? Would you accept a white live-action Pocahontas?”


My god, suspend your logic for a second, people - especially when it’s a tale about an underwater mythological creature!

But sure, you can believe that.

However, Bailey was since responded to the backlash.


“As a Black person, you just expect it and it’s not really a shock anymore,” she told The Face magazine.

The former Grown-ish star also revealed that music icon Beyoncé shared some words of wisdom when she signed her sister, Chlöe and her, to her label Parkwood.

Queen Bey told both sisters to avoid reading comments made by people on social media: “When [Chlöe and I] first signed to Parkwood, B was always like: ​‘I never read my comments. Don’t ever read the comments’.”

In a separate interview with People, Bailey also explained the importance of a Black woman playing the legendary role.


She said: "The fact that now it's getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, woman of color, I'm just like, wow, I'm so grateful for what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me.

“Because I know if I had seen myself when I was younger, I think my whole perspective would've changed."

Topics: Features, News, Film and TV, Disney, Racism

Charisa Bossinakis
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