As you probably know by now, Disney announced the star of its live-action “The Little Mermaid” last week . . . and she’s BLACK. It’s HALLE BAILEY from the R&B duo CHLOE x HALLE.
As you probably also heard, a lot of PEOPLE came out of the woodwork to complain about it.
Well, Disney’s Freeform cable channel posted a perfect defense of Halle on its Instagram page. The obvious point is, of course, that Ariel is a FICTIONAL character . . . so she can be any color at all.
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But since the author of the original story is Danish, they pointed out that there ARE black Danish people . . . and they can even genetically have red hair.
Then they went in for the kill with this message about people who can’t get past Halle’s casting . . . quote, “Oh boy, do I have some news for you . . . about you.”