There are plenty of backlash for the casting of the live action Little Mermaid remake. I have a hard time understanding the backlash. First of all, Halle Bailey is a beautiful actress and an amazing singer, and I’d rather have the actress be the one who sang the songs in these live action musicals.
Most of the criticism falls into 3 categories. I’ll start with the less obviously racist complaints.
Against Halle’s physical appearance. Their argument is that Halle is great, but her looks don’t fit the part. They want Ariel to have flowing long hair that dances in the water, but Halle has braids. Then the next big thing they like to complain about is Halle’s eyes being too wide apart.
Against inserting black actors into white parts. They would say we are not against having more movies featuring black main characters. Although why inset them into remake films replacing white characters? Wouldn’t it be better to create new stories and characters featuring black characters.
Against black characters, period. Lastly, people who simply just rant on about woke culture, and vent how they are tried about black characters being shoved down their throats. These people aren’t just against Halle being cast as Ariel, but pretty much against any black main characters and movies about black people in general.
All 3 arguments are very common on PTT and DCard. Little Mermaid is doing a little worse than Aladdin in the US and Europe as well, but it’s at most 10% worse, not 60% worse.
Why would people in Taiwan care so much if the Little Mermaid is portrayed as white or black?
There were Holo and Hakka people cannibalizing indigenous people as protection against malaria. I’d say all people are capable of racism. Whether such behavior is accepted as a societal norm is another matter.
Why do you care so much about what Taiwanese think? The world doesn’t need to conform to the twisted american world view. I agree with locals that she is objectively ugly and wokeness is being shoved down everyone’s throats.
You’re overthinking it. Revenue is dropping worldwide (not just in Asia) because the movie is objectively bad and has poor word-of-mouth.
Proof that Taiwan moviegoers are not ractist: Black Panther is one of the top grossing moves of all time here:
From what I’ve seen, people are pissed about Halle as Arial because she doesn’t match the character in the cartoon, which ruins fan’s nostalgia. People have very fond childhood memories of the original and they feel those memories are trampled on. Not a race thing, would have also happened with an unsuitable white actress.
Same problem occurred with Sonic, they had to redo the whole movie from scratch:
100% this - it tramples over nostalgia. Also, for live-action remakes, many people love them because it brings the animated characters they’ve known and loved for many years to life. Using a main character that’s nothing like the original is always going to make a lot of people feel disappointed. If they’d changed little Mermaid from a girl to a white boy, people would still be just as angry.
I feel like Hollywood just spit out scripts from chatgpt. Almost no thought went into storyboard at all or it’s an afterthought. Maybe they should just stop making sequels and reboots and make original content. Why they won’t is a complete mystery.