Halle Bailey, who also recently starred as Ariel in the musical fantasy film The Little Mermaid, left an everlasting impression on many young black girls who remain elated to see themselves being represented in such an iconic role. But again, critics, including Paloma Faith are dissing the movie for its boy-chasing tropes.
Paloma Faith May Have Skipped On Important Details!
Paloma Faith has come forward as the latest celebrity who criticized the recently released film, The Little Mermaid, wherein Halle Bailey starred as Ariel. The film, which is the live-action remake of the original 1989 Disney movie, has been questioned for its hard plot.
The English singer, for instance, feels that the movie’s hard plot is too difficult to explain to kids. Even though she appreciated Hailey Bailey for her performance, The Architect artist took to social media and wrote:“I don’t want my kids to think it’s ok to give up your entire voice and your powers to love man.”
She added, “Wtf is this s***?! Not what I want to be teaching next-gen women at all.” Paloma questioned the movie’s team for picking up the archaic concept, as Ariel gives up her own voice to become a human to be with her love interest, Prince Eric.But again, it is important to recall that Halle Bailey previously explained in an interview that her new version, “definitely changed that perspective of just her wanting to leave the ocean for a boy…”
Bailey concluded, “It’s way bigger than that. It’s about herself, her purpose, her freedom, her life, and what she wants.” Faith may have skipped these important details before taking to social media.
The Little Mermaid Faced Criticism For Halley Bailey’s Character
After the movie’s trailer was released, The Little Mermaid makers were accused of being racist over choosing a black princess for the film. Of course, it was not one-sided, a debate stirred right after while others hailed the historic move by the studio.
Some critics didn’t like the movie at all, giving just one star while IMDB had to issue a warning label on the U.S. Canadian, UK, Brazil, and Mexican sites, which reads:
“Our rating mechanism has detected unusual voting activity on this title. To preserve the reliability of our rating system, an alternate weighting calculation has been applied.”
Nonetheless, the movie seems to be doing well at the box office since its release on May 26, 2023, as the opening went up to an estimated $163.8 million at the global box office against the movie’s budget of $250 million.
The movie’s director, Rob Marshall previously expressed his happiness over finding his perfect mermaid in Halle Bailey. He said, “This was so important for a character that’s a mermaid and a teenage girl, who has to have this combination of strength, passion, and courage, as well as a kind of naivety and innocence.”
Marshall, also known for musicals like Into The Woods and Chicago, admitted that Bailey’s audition that she set the bar so high, that hundreds of auditioners couldn’t surpass it. The movie is currently running in theatres. What do you think about Bailey’s performance?
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