Live-Action “Little Mermaid” and “Snow White” Teaming Up Amidst Controversy

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While Disney’s live-action films are no stranger to backlash, the live-action Little Mermaid (2023) and Snow White (2024) films have received criticism like no other. Specifically, the two leading ladies.

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When the creators of the live-action Little Mermaid cast a young African American woman as Ariel, there was an entire outcry of criticisms rooted in racism and little else, despite the fact that Ariel’s skin tone had nothing to do with the story. Yet, Halle Bailey was the target of hateful comments and bigotry.

Then, it was Rachel Zegler’s turn.

Disney Princess or Not, These Actresses Are the Victims of Racist Attacks

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Needless to say, when the decision to cast a Latina actress for the leading role in the upcoming Snow White (2024) film was made, there was a similar reaction.

Rachel Zegler, an actress of Columbian and Polish descent, is the leading lady of the Snow White remake, and the same critics who took issue with an African American Ariel have also had an issue with a Latina Snow White.

Although Zegler’s skin tone isn’t incredibly dark, and therefore could still play a believable Snow White, the bigotry came pouring in.

Luckily, the Two Live-Action Disney Princesses Have Each Other’s Backs

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Earlier this year, Halle Bailey defended Rachel Zegler on X (formerly Twitter), writing, “We love you so much, truly the perfect princess.”

Then, Rachel Zegler recently responded to a post challenging X users to “Name a role you think was perfectly cast,” re-Tweeting a reply with a picture of Halle Bailey as Ariel.

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While these two talented actresses who have each fairly earned their roles struggle with controversy, criticism, and hate, it’s comforting to know that these Disney Princesses have each other’s backs. After all, who needs a Prince Charming when you have a fellow princess?

More On The Little Mermaid and Snow White

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The Little Mermaid recently swam onto Disney Plus (stylistically Disney+), so fans who didn’t get to see the Disney remake in theaters can now see it from the comfort of their homes.

Whether you prefer Walt Disney Pictures’ beloved The Little Mermaid or Snow White movies, each original film can also be found on Disney Plus as well! Although the streaming service has been cutting content recently, each Disney Princess’s story can still be found on Disney Plus.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.