Okay, so, this is a follow on MyTake from my one about Halle Bailey as Ariel, so let's get on with it.
Earlier on this year, the Aladdin movie came out. It was an amazing movie, I for one, loved it. One of my favourite parts of the movie was Jasmine. Naomi Scott played an amazing role as Jasmine, when she made that speech after the song "speechless", that was one of my most favourite parts of the movie and I swear I can't stop listening to "speechless" itself.
And one day I was reading an article about Naomi and I found out, she was actually half white, half Indian.
Now the last time I checked Jasmine was Arabian. And actually, in the cartoon for an Arabian girl, Jasmine was dark skinned.
Those of you who are complaining about how Ariel was a white redhead in the cartoon, and now Disney has cast a black girl, I didn't see you complaining about how Jasmine in the cartoon was a dark-skinned Arabian girl, but in the remake she's a light-skinned, mixed race, half white, half Indian girl.
Now, you might think I would complain if let's say "The Lion King" remake had a majority white cast. But here's the thing, the remake may have a lot of black actors, but the original iconic version we all know and love had a majority white cast. I didn't complain then, and neither did anyone else because the actors could act, they could sing they did great and that's all that matters, not their skin colour.
The film Alita Battle Angel, again a success. Now that film was originally a Japanese Manga, therefore, Alita and most or all of the characters would have been Japanese.
Alita was played a Latina actress, Rosa Salazar.
Hugo was played a Latino actor, Keean Johnson.
Those were the lead roles.
I don't recall there being a single Japanese actor or actress in that cast, even though the film was based off a Japanese manga.
Did that spoil the movie? Nope! Again, Alita Battle Angel was amazing, regardless of the ethnic background of the actors, actresses and the lead actress. The action scenes in that movie were on point, and I loved how Alita could be so adorable, yet so badass at the same time.
So, I really don't see anybody's problem with Ariel.
Many of you are accusing Disney of "Blackwashing".
But officially Halle Bailey as Ariel is only the second black Disney princess, third if you count Moana.
Then people make excuses "Captain America is black now", well the story was Steve Rogers was going to give the shield to either Bucky or Falcon and he gave the shield to Falcon fair and square.
And I hear this other argument, "Spider-Man is black now". One variation of Spider-Man... People are talking as if they've completely ditched Peter Parker, but they didn't. Peter still exists as a white guy, so what does it matter if they add Miles to the mix? It's not as if they've forgotten about Peter.
People need to grow up. There's more to people than their race.