Halle Bailey, a black actress, has been cast as the latest incarnation of “The Little Mermaid” in an upcoming live-action Disney film. This has caused quite a bit of controversy due to the inaccurate race depiction.
In my opinion, the casting of a black woman as Ariel in The Little Mermaid is not an issue, but the motivation Disney has behind it is an issue. They are capitalizing off of racial tension in the United States and also a “woke” culture of elevating non-white races above other to aid in their marketing for the movie.
It’s a formula that seems simple enough.
Cause controversy by casting a polarizing person in a particular role, social media and traditional media pick up the story. Attention is at a fever-pitch right around the time of release which eliminates a large chunk of the marketing budget. At the end of it all, profits are increased due to lower expenditures on marketing. But at what cost?
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