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Others think the answer is simple: She's purple. 

"I see a ton of people debating on if Ursula is white or black, and I have a definitive answer:
You're all color blind, she is quite clearly purple - with some grayish or tealish tint, depending on the ambient light," another Twitter user who got in on the debate declared. 

Naturally, the campaign to cast Lizzo as the villain came back in full force, too.

Would Lizzo be good as Ursula? Well, a lot of people seem to think so, as a nationwide call for Disney to hit up the singer has been happening since 2018.

"Ursula is a black woman or a drag queen and that’s the facts. Justice for Lizzo!" a fan of the pop star said. 

And another great point was brought to light. 

Simply because Ursula is purple, outspoken, and a villain, why are those characteristics so quickly associated with black women?

"I just learned that Divine was the inspiration for Ursula. It’s all just a quick Google search away, ya’ll. Also, what about Ursula’s hair or facial features are Black? She’s supposed to be Black because she’s purple and angry?" someone asked.

But the least Disney could do is at least include a queer actor in the live-action rendition.

"The real issue behind the Ursula casting. Her and most other villain are all queer coded and Disney isn’t willing to put visibly queer characters on screen. Let alone Trans/Gender Non Conforming Black actors," another tweeted. "But y’all not ready for that talk."

Whether or not the casting of a straight, white woman in this role is justifiable, for now it looks like we can expect McCarthy to take over the big screen in the upcoming months.