Recently, Snow White Rachel Zegler has defended Halle Bailey’s The Little Mermaid against criticism.
Disney has recently been working to increase the number of animated films they adapt for the big screen in live action. These animated masterpieces’ live-action remakes occasionally serve as exact remakes, while other times they give the old tales a new twist. While reactions to live-action remakes of Disney movies are frequently conflicted and viewers often question the need for remakes, many fans appreciate seeing their favorite tales updated with Disney’s modern princesses.
Since the studio choosing a Black actor for the role, Bailey has faced racial criticism since her casting. The response was only curbed when Disney recently released a brief trailer for the movie. Fortunately, Bailey has also received a lot of favorable feedback from viewers and other artists, including the original Ariel voice actress Jodi Benson. People who identify with Bailey’s portrayal of the Disney princess were affected by her footage.
Following a user’s support for Zegler’s casting as Snow White but rejection of Bailey’s, with the hashtag “#NotMyAriel,” the new Disney star quickly shut them down. Her brief response is given below:
if you don’t support my girl halle, who is the perfect ariel, you don’t support any of us.
— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) September 20, 2022
It’s clear that Zegler is not here for any praise of herself that puts down anyone else. The backlash she’s received for playing Snow White as a Latina, she understands and support for Bailey shows solidarity. Both performers are under immense pressure to play beloved characters and bring the princesses to a new generation, so it’s encouraging to see them hold strong in the face of such criticism.
The current generation of Disney princesses has shown that the royal franchise’s future is in good hands. It’s also wonderful to watch the two women stand by one another despite the fact that their very existence provokes such negative reactions.
Fortunately, for every hateful remark directed against Bailey and Zegler, there is an outpouring of love. The former has clearly chosen to revel in the happiness rather than suffer to the hatred, recently uploading a video of her comments to young girls of color who were excited to see her Little Mermaid clip.
As Hollywood continues to make little steps to diversity films and television programs, naysayers will always exist. So, it is more crucial for performers of color to support one another, as Snow White’s Zegler has done. Based on Bailey’s great performance in the Disney short teaser, the criticism will quickly fade when fans watch The Little Mermaid for themselves.
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