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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Disney has been making strides to cast more diverse people (Marvel’s Black Panther, Moana) and remove content that no longer represents what the company stands for, such as the Stinky Pete blooper scene.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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Rema drops Afrobeat track dedicated to women around the globe

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For the third week in a row, Rema is set to release “anotha banga.” Dropping on Mavin Records/Jonzing World, “Woman” is a song that expresses his appreciation and admiration for all females. 

Recently crowned Apple Music’s Up Next artist – previously awarded to Billie Eilish, Khalid & H.E.R – Afropop’s prince Rema has now released a trio of singles throughout June and July. He kicked things off with “Ginger Me,” a song created in a late-night studio session in London with UK producer The Elements. Quickly followed by trap-influenced track “Alien” which took us on a trippy journey through the mind of a young heartbreaker. 

Crediting his parents for introducing him to Fela Kuti & 2Face, Rema draws influences far beyond West Africa with Bollywood, Trap, Afrobeats, and Pop all becoming part of his trademark sound. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Barack Obama and now Rihanna, Rema is on his way for a global takeover.

Stream “Woman” via Spotify below.

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NiteLite Pictures unleashes Coronavirus Positivity Initiative

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In response to a real demand from its broadcast, Web and distribution partners, as well as charities seeking support, award-winning, Los Angeles-based production company NiteLite Pictures has unveiled the Coronavirus Positivity Initiative, a worldwide effort to create programming that promotes togetherness, community and celebrates the human spirit during the global lockdown.  

Under the banner of the Coronavirus Positivity Initiative, the company is launching a series of programs that spotlight the heroes on the front lines, inspiring individuals from around the world, and comedy shows that take a lighter look at life during the pandemic. All the programs will feature real people from around the globe in an effort to help bring audiences closer together.  

“This is truly a unique time in the world’s history,” comments NiteLite producer Ari Wilhelm.  

“While everyone is doing their part to help keep family and communities safe, there is a need for entertainment content like never before, and specifically relevant, uplifting content that is understanding and respectful of the situation we are all living.”

NiteLite is working closely on the initiative with its UK sales agent Meredith Coral of Lost Art Television to develop programming content tailored to viewing audiences and requested by broadcasters and media platforms during this time.

“NiteLite is responding to broadcasters’ needs and the audiences desires for not only new content, but relevant content to their current situation,” adds NiteLite executive producer Harry Lowell.

“We’re developing heartwarming and comedy programming  that connects to people’s lives during this new norm, while devising production solutions to deliver shows in a matter of days, not months, both remotely and safely.”

The entertainment hub will produce “self quarantine-based” content designed to resonate and connect to audiences. The company’s homebound, creative teams are currently developing engaging programming that can be produced quickly and remotely, while under stay at home orders.

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Oscilloscope’s ‘THE INFILTRATORS’ headed to Virtual Cinema next month

Official 2019 Sundance Film Festival selection, THE INFILTRATORS is a [chilling documentary chronicling the lives] of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into for-profit detention center— on purpose.

Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations.

The film will be available via Virtual Cinema starting May 1 and VOD starting June 2.

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