I posted just a few days ago about the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action Little Mermaid adaption. It was a quick post and it was really all I ever planned on saying about the matter. But with the new hashtag #NotMyAriel somehow trending, I’ve suddenly found myself in the position of being extremely pissed. Now, I was angry at the racist trash all over Twitter who were spewing their ignorance like it was the clothing they decided to put on that morning, but my goal was more to celebrate Bailey’s casting than to degrade it by discussing stupid people.
But when ignorant, racist people continue to be so in a place I can see it and on a massive scale, I can’t help but feel as though it’s problematic if I don’t say something about it. And again, the fact of the matter is that I am pissed.
Now, I don’t know for sure when the #NotMy[insert whatever person you don’t like here] trend began, but my first introduction to it came when a great many people whom I agreed with fairly consistently were tweeting #NotMyPresident. And frankly, it made sense there. There are legitimate reasons to have significant problems with Trump as a leader of our country’s government.
When it comes to entertainment, however, I have to say that I am absolutely appalled at the level of entitlement and racism that has been shown recently. For all the people whining about Ariel, I just have a couple things to say:
- Firstly, it is that this character does not belong to anyone. She can be whatever ethnicity, whatever culture, anything that people dream up. The fact of the matter is that Ariel is as fictional as you can get. Therefore there is absolutely no logical or legitimate reason to be shouting about that she’s #Not[Your]Ariel just because you’re butthurt that she doesn’t look like you. I don’t have red hair and you don’t see me complaining about the fact that she did in the Disney film. That wasn’t even the first rendition of her story and Hans Christian Andersen never even specified her hair color. I’ve seen her blonde before. I could have complained. But how petty do you really think that would be?
- She’s a mermaid, for one.
- She’s not real.
- Her story isn’t real.
- Her culture isn’t real and in fact she never really had one.
- Why the hell does it matter what she looks like?
- YOU DO NOT OWN THIS CHARACTER JUST BECAUSE YOU LIKE THE STORY.
- The only thing that matters here is that this girl can play the role.
- Secondly, you’re all being incredibly childish. And that’s putting it really nicely. Which is hilarious, because everyone upset that a black actress was cast in the role doesn’t really deserve niceties after the level of racism that they have been showing.
- This is so petty.
- It’s a movie, ffs, not your life, not the end of the world.
- Let’s save the #NotMys for stuff that actually matters.
- Like, you know…the things Trump does that HURT people.
- Like…Trump’s racism causing children to be locked up in cages.
- Like Trump’s racism resulting in many of those children getting molested.
- Like…Trump’s narcissism allowing him to screw over the poor and give the rich a giant tax break.
- Put your energy into actual issues that are morally abhorrent, perhaps?
- Stop being racist.
- Third, and as frank as I can put it: the very second you are upset that a black actress has been cast in a role that has 100% no legitimate or logical reason to stay white (culturally, historically, etc.), you’re being racist. And people who do that are disgusting. Plain and simple. I am so ashamed and disgusted with all of you who agree with this #NotMyAriel BS.
- If you could give me a legitimate and non-racist reason for why Ariel should be white, I will probably die of shock.
Speaking directly to those who’ve made these racist comments: you should be ashamed of yourselves. It makes you an awful person. Full stop.