• Halle Bailey's casting as Ariel in The Little Mermaid has inspired ridiculous & racist backlash. 1 / 9

  • In 2016, Disney announced a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, to be directed by Rob Marshall. 2 / 9

  • The casting of Ariel has been the subject of much gossip, but last week, an announcement was made. 3 / 9

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  • Halle Bailey, the singer & actress and one half of Chloe X Halle, was announced as the new Ariel. 4 / 9

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  • While many people were excited by the news, it didn't take long for racist backlash to erupt on Twitter. 5 / 9

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  • Some claimed it was an insult that a black actress was cast as a white redhead. 6 / 9

  • A lot of the Twitter hate came from trolls, including one notable viral tweet that seemed to be a bot. 7 / 9

  • The racist hatred against Bailey's casting shouldn't diminish what is great news for both her and Disney. 8 / 9

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