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Racist Fans are coming for Disney’s Wig after Casting Halle Bailey as Ariel in ‘Little Mermaid’ Remake

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When Disney announced that Halle Bailey, a black singer and actress most known for her role on the Freeform series Grown-ish, would play Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” some people were not happy.

Other people were not happy about the people who were not happy. 

In Disney’s 1989 animated movie “The Little Mermaid,” Ariel is portrayed as a white female with bright red hair. 

In recent years, Disney has been making strides to cast more diverse people (Marvel’s Black Panther, Moana) and remove content that no longer represents what the company stands for, such as the Stinky Pete blooper scene.

Following this trend, Disney announced Bailey had been cast to play Ariel.

People responded, taking to Twitter using #NotMyAriel to express their anger or glee. 

@Disney You just ruined The Little Mermaid. Why is it so hard to be accurate with the original animated movie? I don’t have a problem with the actress, but she doesn’t look like Ariel at all. If u want more diversity, why don’t you make new movies with new characters? #NotMyAriel

Many people were happy with the choice, saying they they had grown up with no representation at all. View image on Twitter

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“Girl pls some of us grew up with no representation/diversity at all. Imma need yall to chill with the #NotMyAriel tweets and get with the times. It’s 2019 and anyone can be a princess,” said one Twitter user.

People upset used a hypothetical question, asking “What if they made Tiana (Disney’s only animated black princess from The Princess and the Frog) white?” But others, including actress Ryan Destiny of Fox’s “Star,” noted that that was the only example they could use.

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Others argued that Ariel isn’t any race, but a mermaid who can be portrayed any way Disney wants.

Bailey is well known for singing with her sister, Chloe, and has sung at the Super Bowl. Their YouTube page, which features Chloe x Halle singing covers and doing original songs, has millions of views. 

Disney’s other non-white princesses include Jasmine, who was played by Naomi Scott in the live-action remake of “Aladdin,” and Mulan, who will be played by Liu Yifei in the upcoming live-action remake of “Mulan.”

According to an announcement made on Disney’s D23 website, the film will be directed by Rob Marshall and produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film will feature songs from the animated classic by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as new songs by Menken (music) and Miranda (lyrics).

More announcements about the movie are likely to be made at Disney’s D23 Expo from Aug. 23 to 25. The expo is where Disney gives sneak peeks at upcoming films, according to its official website. 

Production is expected to begin in 2020, according to Disney. 

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Rihanna, Zendaya, Natalie Portman, and more attend World Premiere of Queen & Slim

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Lena Waithe, Writer/Producer, and Melina Matsoukas, Director/Producer, attend the QUEEN & SLIM World Premiere Gala Screening at AFI FEST 2019 in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Entertainment’s elite descended on the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California last night (Nov. 15) for the premiere of Queen and Slim starring Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith.

The film, written by Emmy winning screenwriter Lena Waithe, addresses police brutality, centering a black couple who, after a traffic stop gone-wrong, have to make the choice of escaping from the corrupt justice system or face incarceration.

See highlights from the premiere below:

Images courtesy of Eric Charbonneau.

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Kevin Hart makes first Public Appearance since Car Crash

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Kevin Hart made his first appearance last night in Los Angeles at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards after a long recovery from a nearly-fatal car crash.

 The American comedian and actor fractured his spine in September of this year. Hart later began intensive physical therapy following the incident. 

On Sunday (Nov. 10) the father of three took to the stage at the ceremony to accept The Comedy Act Of 2019 award.

“First and foremost thank God because I definitely don’t have to be here,” Hart said. “Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life more. It makes me appreciate the things that really matter. I want to thank my wife and my kids. They really stepped up for me.”

 The comedian who attended the event with wife Eniko Parrish, 35, and his daughter Heaven Hart, 14 added:

“I also want to take the time to thank the People’s Choice Awards, just for this. This is amazing. But more importantly, the people, man. You have no idea the effect that you have on us as entertainers. Your energy, your support, it means the world and I truly want to thank you guys for being there for me in my difficult time. This is special. They all are. I do not take them for granted. Thank you so much. God bless everyone in this room. Peace.” 

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Donald Trump Jr. lauds Kanye West’s ‘Jesus is King’ Album

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Kanye West onstage during his Jesus Is King album and film event at The Forum on Oct. 23, 2019 in Inglewood, California. KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES 

Donald Trump Jr. has publicly displayed his support for Kanye West’s new Christian album, Jesus is King via Twitter while simultaneously firing shots at the “Leftists.”

“Kanye is ‘cracking the culture code,” the politician asserted. “Jesus Is King is the ‘epitome of fearless creativity and “dangerous, unapproved” ideas,” he added.

He then slammed The Democratic Party for silencing “those who are speaking truth.”

Although Mr. West has made previous claims of being a reformed MAGA supporter, leaving politics beneath his tight-knit Yeezy’s. Perhaps, Trump Jr. will persuade the indecisive rapper to join forces with the red hat clan once more.

West, 42, has not yet responded. See the tweet below.

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