Hallie of Baletto: Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP
The news that Ariel in the remake of the cartoon “the little Mermaid” in 1989, will perform a black actress Halle Bailey, has been criticized by some viewers. Other fans of the works of the Disney studios felt that the skin color for the mythical character — just a Convention.
Screenwriter and actor of the film “Blind spots” Rafael Casal commented in Twitter posts was unhappy with the choice of the leading actress. In particular, he responded to the indignation of the users about the fact that replacing a white character on a black — supposedly “blackwashing” (the antonym of the term “withwashing”, implying the practice of casting, in which white actors played in the movie, members of ethnic minorities).
Casal pointed out that the Mermaid is a fairytale character, not having a nationality, and therefore can have any skin tone. This, he said, and critics who considered that the “minimal light” on the bottom of the sea mermaid may not have dark skin — “mermaids in the nature does not exist”. He stressed that the term “blackwashing” does not exist. The artist made fun of those who complained to replace the red characters black, hinting at the fact that there is no discrimination against redheads.
Earlier on 4 July it became known that the Director of the remake of Rob Marshall and the Studio, Disney has decided to take Hallie Bailey for the role of Ariel. It was noted that the actress “has a rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and content, plus a luxurious voice.”
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