Disney’s Freeform calls out critics opposing Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel

Disney’s cable network Freeform issued an open letter to the critics who feel a black woman should not play princess Ariel in the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’.

This came after Disney’s announcement of casting child actor Halle Bailey as princess Ariel, following which fans and followers called out the company against the idea. Few fans went far enough to start a petition titled #NotMyAriel in order to have Disney recast the character with preferably a white actress with red hair resembling the 1989 animated film.

After receiving criticism, Freeform posted ‘An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls. The role marks the film debut for Bailey following the formation of her music group Chloe x Halle with her sister Chloe in 2015. The movie scripted by David Magee will include the original songs from the 1989 animated hit as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The original version revolves around a mermaid princess who sought to meet a human prince on land.