Earlier this month, Disney unveiled the first trailer for its live-action film. The little Mermaid. First images that made people talk about themselves, in particular for the inclusive choice of the American company to opt for a black actress as the protagonist. A controversy that provoked a reaction, starting with an artificial intelligence enthusiast who decided to replace actress Halle Bailey with a woman with white and red hair.
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Alice in Wonderland (2010), Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), The beauty and the Beast (2017), Jean-Christophe and Winnie (2018), Dumbo (2019), Aladdin (2019), The Lion King (2019), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019), The Lady and the Tramp (2019), Mulan (2020), cruel (2021), Pinocchio (2022) and soon The little Mermaid, Disney continues to offer its cartoon catalog in live-action format.
So next year it has to come out The little Mermaida live-action remake of the 1989 cartoon. In 2019, Rob Marshall, the film’s director, lifted the veil on his casting. The main role, that of Ariel, a woman with white and red hair in the Disney cartoon, was entrusted to Halle Bailey, a black actress. Accused of blackwashing, the director was forced to justify himself: “After intense research, it became apparent that Halle possesses that rare combination of energy, heart, youth, innocence and depth – not to mention an amazing voice – that are the qualities needed to play this role.“.
Several years have passed and on the occasion of the 2022 edition of its D23, Disney shared the first trailer of The little Mermaid. As expected, criticism has exploded. A controversy in front of which the interpreter of Ariel in the animated film wanted to express himself. Rather than lazily waiting for Disney to give in to the pressure, a netizen by name @TenGazillionIQ ran an AI to replace the black actress with a white woman.
“I wish I could be part of that AI” pic.twitter.com/C1V8xogBgq
According to him, he would be able to do the same thing for the entire film. It would only take 24 hours from the release of the film. An initiative that did not please everyone, and in particular Twitter.
What kind of racist nonsense is this? Were people so upset by the idea of a non-white but talented actress and singer playing Ariel that they decided to whitewash her and try to erase / invalidate Hallie’s racial heritage with misuse of AI technology?
What is this racist nonsense? People were so upset that a non-white but talented actress and singer was playing the role of Ariel that they decided to whitewash her and try to erase / invalidate Hallie’s racial heritage by misusing AI technology. ?
I don’t want the black face, but make sure you keep the black voice singing. Of everything
I don’t want the black face, but keep the black voice. This says it all
I’m really laughing that someone spent their time doing this which is so mean lmao
I’m really joking that someone took the time to do it, it’s so mean.
And for good reason, the account announcing this replacement was immediately suspended. Despite everything, the initiators of this change seem determined to pursue their idea.