Fans FURIOUS After Chinese ‘The Little Mermaid’ Posters “White-Wash” Halle Bailey

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Fans are calling this “unnaceptable.”

Fans in the United States are thrilled that the new live-action The Little Mermaid will be in movie theatres on May 26, 2023. This movie has been in the works for years, and fans are thrilled to finally see the film play out on the big screen.

Unfortunately, new posters for the film have caused major upset from fans due to Disney “white-washing” the film’s lead, Halle Bailey.

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Public Uproar Ensues After Posters Are Revealed

For the most part, the promotional posters for The Little Mermaid have been praised in the United States. Fans of the actress Halle Bailey are thrilled to see her in the role, and many fans are commending Disney for casting a black woman in a role traditionally played by a white actress. While there have certainly been some negative comments from the public surrounding Halle’s casting, Disney has stood its ground and defended her… until now.

Fans are upset at Disney after the Chinese posters for The Little Mermaid were revealed. The controversy began when a Twitter user shared a photo of the poster, which features Halle Bailey as Ariel. In the Chinese version of the poster, Bailey’s skin tone appears to have been lightened, making her look almost blue. This prompted backlash from fans, who accused Disney of white-washing the actress’s skin color.

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Disney White-Washes Actors… And It Isn’t the First Time

This is not the first time that this has happened on Disney’s Chinese posters. On the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega, another black actor, was removed from the poster entirely in the Chinese version.

Back in 2018, the Chinese poster of Black Panther added a hood to cover Chadwick Bozeman’s face.

The fact that Disney feels the need to alter, hide, or remove black actors from their posters is problematic in itself. Fans are outraged and shocked that this behavior is still happening in 2023. Some fans have defended the poster because it is also being used in the United States as well. It is hard to tell if this is an unfortunate accident or, in fact, something more malicious.

As of now, no comment has been made by Disney on the situation.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.