Disney's Freeform (formerly ABC Family) has Halle Bailey's back! The young actress — who also costars on the Freeform show Grown-ish — was recently announced as the newly cast Ariel for Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid. The singer/actress was met with overwhelmingly positive reactions, but of course the news wasn't without negative responses from people who couldn't stand the thought of a black Ariel.
Ariel from The Little Mermaid is originally white with bright blue eyes and bold, red hair. Bailey is a black girl with locs (which look great dyed red, per the photos of her in circulation). People who aren't digging inclusion very much are bothered by the fact that Ariel is getting a melanin remix and, well, the Disney-owned Freeform wants them to know they simply have to get over it.
Translation: Sorry, racists. You're just going to have to stay mad.
Disney has Bailey's back. Freeform has her front. Hordes of people who do adore inclusion are down for this live-action The Little Mermaid casting. You'll just have to sit this super-fun Disney moment out, and that's OK you poor, unfortunate souls. Hey, at least you can save money on a movie ticket and that expensive popcorn! You can also stream The Little Mermaid in its original version all you want as soon as Disney releases its streaming service. Win-win?