For any live-action project or adaptation, the “real-life” similarity to the original is always a factor that receives great attention from the audience. A beautiful, fair-skinned mermaid with red hair has always been associated with the image of anyone who knew Disney’s legendary Ariel mermaid. With the female lead being announced as Halle Bailey, a girl whose appearance is completely contrary to the imagination of the audience for a real person, has caused a huge controversy on MXH. The climax was when the hashtag #notmyAriel trended strongly on twitter, expressing opposition when Halle Bailey took on the role of the mermaid.
Opponents said that the producer must respect the original in the fairy tale of Hans Christian Anderson, respect the Ariel animated version with the mermaid inspired by actress Alyssa Milano.
Surely no one has seen the mermaid, including writer Hans Christian Andersen. Set in the story first published in 1837, Hans Christian Andersen cannot imagine that the mermaid is a black person, and has never mentioned too specific the appearance of the mermaid character. .
The society of Europe in general and Denmark in particular is the world of white people, the existence of black people hardly has any position in society. Not to mention, this is a children’s publication, so it is imperative that a context is appropriate for the general public. Even the animated version in 1989, the element of equality or the equality movement was not as strong as it is now, The Little Mermaid was made when there was no creativity beyond it. compared to the original version.