Trevor Noah has joined the growing number of celebrities who are fighting back against racist reactions in Disney’s live-action “The Little Mermaid,” in which singer Halle Bailey plays the mermaid princess Ariel. Some fans are upset that a black actress is starring in the new movie, to which Noah replied, “Really, folks – we’re doing this again?”
Noah addressed claims that Bailey is nothing like Ariel in Disney’s 1989 animated film, saying in “The Daily Show” that such an accusation is false. “Nothing like? They both have the tail, they both have the red [hair]’ said the host.
“Again, a bunch of internet racists are upset that a fictional character is being played by a black man. This is so ridiculous,” Noah continued. “And to be honest, I don’t know what the problem is. You do realize that Nemo was black too, right? Yes! The whole movie was about a fish that his father can’t find.”
As a prankster, Noah told racist trolls to “stop being ridiculous” and reminded them that “it’s imaginary” when it comes to the world of “The Little Mermaid”. Whoopi Goldberg expressed a similar thought on “The View” earlier this month, reminding fans angry at black actors who star in fantasy projects such as “House of the Dragon” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” that these worlds are completely made up.
“They don’t exist in the real world,” Goldberg said of the two series. “You know? There are no dragons. There are no hobbits. Are you telling me black people can’t be fake people either? Is that what you’re telling me? I don’t know if there’s a hobbit club, I don’t know if there are protests come, but people! What’s wrong with all of you?”
Noah concluded his thoughts on “The Little Mermaid” by saying, “I hope this scandal doesn’t overshadow the rest of the movie.” The Little Mermaid is a beautiful story about a young woman who changes her core identity to become a man. Let’s not forget that, folks.”
Rob Marshall directed the live-action “Little Mermaid,” which stars Bailey opposite Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy. The film opens May 26, 2023 from Disney.