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Halle Bailey has the nod of approval from the original Ariel.

After the 19 year old singer was cast as the singing mermaid in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, racist and angry comments started to flood the Internet.

Here’s what the original voice of Ariel, Jodie Benson had to say:

“I think the most important thing is to tell the story,” Benson said at the Florida Supercon convention, as seen in the Instagram video below. “We have, as a family, raised our children and for ourselves that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside. I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts.”

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Disney’s cable Freeform had words for those upset with the decision. You can read those here as well as words from Halle Bailey.