A media personality named Kalen Allen took to Twitter to point out that racism became apparent even when the plotline of The Little Mermaid didn’t even tackle race or its struggles, to begin with
The issue got so out-of-hand with people who were stubborn in their stand that they created the hashtag #NotMyAriel
Certain people shed light on the fact that even if the plotline of the story doesn’t hold context on what mermaids should be, they pointed out that biologically, Ariel is more likely to be dark-skinned.
It’s hard to be completely accurate since mermaids are mythical creatures but based on where Ariel lives and from the knowledge of experts, this is how realistically, Halle Bailey is a great choice.
Karen Osborn, a curator from the National Museum of Natural History shared her knowledge about how the appearance of creatures affects the way they survive. Starting with their colors.
Fishes that tend to swim around just below the surface tend to be blue in hue
This helps them blend in with the sky so they’ll be more protected from predators. There are also mirrored animals that reflect their surroundings for camouflage.
Going deeper and discovering more creatures, animals tend to be redder or pigmented because of the lack of light.
Specifically, red light isn’t as present so being red is effective for their protection.
If you were to think about where mermaids live, they usually stray away from the surface and live in underwater kingdoms deep in the sea.
Making them better suited for being dark-skinned to be protected and also the overall makeup of their environment.
Here is the official trailer for Disney's The Little Mermaid 2022
Mermaids are introduced as mythical creatures, the argument of what they could look like relies on a lot of factors and are not exclusive to one specific image. The Little Mermaid live-action is set to tell the tale of Ariel and her fascinating adventure on land, with Halle Bailey as the main star.