FOF #2760 – The Little Mermaid Controver-SEA

Jul 9, 2019 · 2205 views

This is gonna be good. Mockups of Halle Bailey as Ariel and Queen Latifah as Urusla the Sea Witch. Photo & Illustrations: BossLogic, MattyB, Annie Leibowitz.

Disney fans were thrilled last week to learn 19 year old singer Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel in a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The hashtag #NotMyAriel soon swelled up from the deep with racists complaining about Disney casting a black performer in the iconic role. Many fretted the new mermaid wouldn’t have red hair.

What ginger nonsense is this!

She sells sea shells by the seashore! If you stick your ear into Ariel’s seashell, you can hear the ocean. Matt Brown, Marc Felion, photo: Fausto Fernós.

Well get over it because almost everyone is on board, or under the sea with it- Jodi Benson, the woman who voiced Ariel in Disney’s animated film spoke out in support and even Halle Berry, who we hope gets a spot in the flick, is giving it a fins up.

Today the merman of the Ethel variety, the hilarious Matt Brown, joins us to dive deep into the controversy over Disney’s casting a woman of color as The Little Mermaid and how Hans Christian Andersen, the story’s original author, wrote it as a personal grisly queer tale of the fish that got away.

Matt Brown is having none of your shit. Photo: Fausto Fernós.


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