The cast of The Little Mermaid 

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Halle Bailey's casting as Ariel in Disney's live-action "The Little Mermaid"

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When Halle Bailey was announced as the new Ariel in Disney's live-action "The Little Mermaid," the news was met with both excitement and trepidation.

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For many Black girls, Bailey's casting is a step forward in representation — after all, Ariel is one of the most iconic princesses in pop culture. 

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But for others, the news dredged up painful memories of a time when Hollywood wasn't so kind to Black actresses.

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In particular, many pointed to Halle Berry's experience playing Storm in 2000's "X-Men," which was widely panned by critics. 

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In an interview with Vogue earlier this year, Berry said she was so affected by the negative response to her performance that she "started to hate myself."

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" Little Mermaid" is already making waves among young Black girls

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When Halle Bailey was announced as the new Ariel in Disney's live-action "The Little Mermaid," the news was met with both excitement and trepidation.

Image Credit: Google 
Image Credit: Google 

For many Black girls, Bailey's casting is a step forward in representation — after all, Ariel is one of the most iconic princesses in pop culture. 

Image Credit: Google 

But for others, the news dredged up painful memories of a time when Hollywood wasn't so kind to Black actresses.

Image Credit: Google 

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