This is the internet, which means that if you're having a parade, some people will probably try to rain on it. And that's kind of what happened when Disney announced that Grown-ish actress and singer Halle Bailey will play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
Because people suck and we can't have nice things, instead of being positive, some people reacted with racist remarks. The hashtag #NotMyAriel started, but our mermaid queen Halle is keeping her focus on her fans and her fins, as it should be. She spoke publicly for the first time about the negativity, and she was as graceful and poised as a princess.
"I feel like I'm dreaming," she said to Variety recently. "And I'm just grateful. I don't pay attention to the negativity; I just feel like this role is something bigger than me. And it's going to be beautiful. I'm just so excited to be a part of it."
The vast majority of fans are equally jazzed—including the original voice of Disney's Ariel, Jodi Benson, and the Disney-owned network Freeform.
"I think the most important thing is to tell the story," Jodi said back in July. "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."
Freeform's approach to the #NotMyAriel thing came in the form of a direct letter to "Poor, Unfortunate Souls," which feels spot on.
And as a BONUS cherry on top of the whole production, Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.