Disney fans blast racist AI scientist for whitewashing Halle Bailey’s Ariel to look like ‘ginger White girl’
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: An artificial intelligence scientist is being slammed as racist after he allegedly edited the trailer of Disney's remake of the 1989 version in the upcoming movie 'The Little Mermaid' and whitewashed the Black actress Halle Bailey with a white woman after the lead actress received racist backlash for her casting in the film.
Twitter has suspended two accounts for their racist approach after Disney cast Halle Bailey in the iconic role of Ariel, despite the huge buzz around the film with many Disney fans being awestruck by its trailer, YouTube had to disable the dislike button after the trailer surfaced with 1.5 million dislikes within few days but things escalated even further when an AI scientist made Halle look like a White red-headed woman to match the original depiction of the Disney princess in 1989 of the main character Ariel.
Nevertheless, in response to the online criticism, Halle told PEOPLE that she has been focusing on the significance of her playing the character, rather than the hate. Halle decided to take the high road and said she is very much glad she played the character which will only bring varied support to her ethnicity. "The fact that now it's getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, woman of color, I'm just like, wow, I'm so grateful for what it will do for all the other little black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me," she told the outlet. "Because I know if I had seen myself when I was younger, I think my whole perspective would've changed."
However Halle claimed she choose to star in the iconic role as her own princess, "Well, I can only be myself when it comes to taking on something this grand and great. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to take the character that everybody has loved and known for years and make it your own. But I just listened to the little girl that's in me, and I listen to her and make her happy and then I know if I put my all and my passion and everything into it that I'll give it my best. And I feel like I did." Halle or Ariel, the trailer was widely enjoyed by little Disney fans, children of all races, especially the Black kids were thrilled with excitement. They are many videos surfacing on social media where children are seen awestruck.
The Twitter account, which showed the edited version of the Disney princess was suspended, read, "Credits to our member Artificial Intelligence scientist @TenGazillioinIQ." Then another account, a different user shared a picture of the mermaid to promote the artist's work and wrote, "He fixed The Little Mermaid and turned the woke actor into a ginger white girl. He says he can fix the whole move comes out with 4x A6000 in 24 hours. It's over for wokecels." In a follow-up tweet the user claimed the alteration was "purely educational please do not misinterpret this in a racist way. I am just amazed by high-IQ friend who works with Artificial Intelligence and the stuff he can make, and wanted to show people his field of study," the promoter added. But fans did not take it the racist approach well and within seconds the user was blased by trolls.One user said, "I'm not racist, I just 'fixed' a kid's movie by changing the main character's race. Totally not racist."
Welp, as it turns out, both @TenGazillionIQ and @vandalibm got suspended for the whole Little Mermaid 2023 'turned the woke actor into a ginger white girl' fiasco.— 🏳️⚧️ PanzerThiefZero: It's hip to punch Nazis! (@PanzerThiefZer0) September 13, 2022
You know guys, you were kinda asking to be suspended at this point for basically whitewashing a real human being. pic.twitter.com/1KOw3qttZj
yall are crying because a literal mermaid in a kids movie is black? embarrassing— ok (@dsmiez) September 14, 2022
I think the most messed up part is you changed her skin her face but not her voice it's like you feel so insulted that it's a black woman and you want to take all that away but you know you're not going to take away her voice cuz you still want our talent just not our skin pic.twitter.com/uvGaP5zDOa— Aquarius🏳️🌈 (@kirksear2017) September 14, 2022
If they have a problem with a brown Ariel, what’s gonna happen when they find out about Jesus….?— OJoeMcGogo (@msavvy072579) September 14, 2022
Interesting how many white people are ignoring all the times real non-white historical figures were played by white people.— The Nott is tired of all the hate (@PoliNott) September 14, 2022
We call that selective amnesia where I'm from.
I'm not racist, I just "fixed" a kid's movie by changing the main character's race. Totally not racist.— Amy Drolet (@thegoregoregirl) September 13, 2022
Although the Disney trailer faced two very diverse sorts of racism, in which a certain set of people trolled the AI scientist for his bizarre racist proposition even though he claimed his work was simply an educational approach. Whilst there was a group of people who trolled Disney and its new leading lady Halle over the decision to cast a Black woman as the fictional character, who has largely been portrayed as White in previous pop culture references including Disney's popular 1989 animated movie. Trolls circulated the hashtag #NotMyAriel while calling Disney's choice to cast a black woman in the film #woke. One Twitter user said: "If Disney wants more diversity, they should have created another character… Before respecting all the other ethnicities and cultures, shouldn't they at least be respectful to the origin ??? #notmyariel."
If Disney wants more diversity，they should have create another character…— Emma (@Emma20211006) September 10, 2022
Before respecting all the other ethnicities and cultures， shouldn’t they at least be respectful to the origin ???#notmyariel
No it's because they're doing a live action remake which purports to be an exact replica of the cartoon version done with people. By casting someone who looks nothing like the cartoon version it disappoints a lot of fans who wanted to see a literal recreation.— Brittany Stan Account (Brittflea Era #BB24) (@realitybites555) September 14, 2022
The original little mermaid author disagrees pic.twitter.com/yt2DXz1zlV— Felipe (@Angelo_Lipvs) September 13, 2022
Black and Brown children are surprised by Disney's ethnic approach as their princess is a Black girl. The upcoming movie stars Halle Bailey as Ariel, along with other cast members such as Jonah Hauer-King as Principe Eric, and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. The movie is set to release in May 2023.
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