Halle Bailey has drawn a lot of praise from filmgoers and critics with her performance as Ariel in Disney’s new version of The Little Mermaid, but her casting has not gone without some criticism from a small but vocal group of people online. Even long before the first teaser trailer had been released, revealing our first peek at Bailey in the role, the social media backlash was present. Some have blasted the casting as “woke,” suggesting that Bailey was only cast due to her skin color and some kind of agenda from the filmmakers. These social media critics have been boycotting the film as well by trying to popularize the hashtag #NotMyAriel.
The Wiz on Broadway star Stephanie Mills understands what Halle Bailey is going through with the backlash over her casting in The Little Mermaid. Read More