Has Disney turned its back on their latest star?
Halle Bailey, a talented young actress and singer, has made waves in Hollywood with her much-anticipated portrayal of Ariel in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. At first, the news of this exciting casting decision sparked intrigue and controversy, igniting discussions about diversity and representation in the entertainment industry.
In the end, Halle’s natural charm, unbelievable voice, and charismatic portrayal of Ariel really won over the hearts of fans. Even though the film didn’t end up being the box-office success that Disney dreamed it would be, it overall received great reviews from audiences.
‘The Little Mermaid’ May Have Floundered, but Halle Sure Didn’t
Reviews for The Little Mermaid overwhelmingly point to Halle as the star of the show. It is clear that Halle really captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Of course, she was backed up by an incredible ensemble, including Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, and Jonah Hauer-King.
The film was centered around the incredible score by Alan Menken, which also featured new songs with lyrics by Lin Manuel Miranda as well. One of the best new songs is “For the First Time,” a delightful number that Ariel sings as she is exploring life on land.
Many fans were delighted to hear that this song was going to be submitted by Disney for an Oscar Consideration. The song was featured on a list on Disney’s website. However, Disney later went back and updated that list, removing that song from consideration.
Did Halle’s Personal Life Affect Her Oscar Dreams?
Outside of her Disney persona, Halle Bailey is also an accomplished singer and performer alongside her sister, Chloe Bailey in their performance duo, Chloe x Halle. She also is in a relationship with rapper DDG, something that many fans find to be slightly controversial.
A lot of this controversy stems from the rumors that Halle Bailey is pregnant and expecting a child with DDG. While no announcement has been made, Halle has also not directly denied the claims of a pregnancy.
But how would this affect the “Best Original Song” category? Two words: live performance.
In case you forgot, the nominees for Best Original Song perform their selections at the Academy Awards. Disney owns ABC, which hosts the awards, so it would seem like an obvious choice to have Halle bring the house down with a vocal rendition. However, that opinion might change if the starlet is pregnant with a child.
There is nothing wrong with Halle having a child, but many fans feel that it is not the image that Disney wants their Disney Princesses to portray. The timing between the rumors and the rescinding of the song is a strange coincidence. For now, all of these alleged accusations will remain unknown until more concrete information is released to the public.