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Little Mermaid trailer cops a massive 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube in only two days

Charisa Bossinakis

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Little Mermaid trailer cops a massive 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube in only two days

Featured Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios/YouTube.

Despite many falling in love with the sneak peek of Rob Marshall’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid, the trailer has already copped 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube.

While the trailer only dropped over the weekend, internet trolls have made their feelings known about the highly-awaited Disney flick.

Not only has it received a staggering amount of dislikes, but the comments section is also full of users mocking the trailer.

Credit: YouTube
Credit: YouTube

People on Twitter have also taken issue with how the film doesn’t look like it’s underwater.

One person wrote: “That Aquaman movie was garbage, but it at least managed to make it look like they were underwater.”

Another said: “Bothers me how this doesn’t look underwater at all.”

While a third person commented: “Boy, they really shot themselves in the foot by having us see the Avatar 2 Trailer, huh.”

Would you all prefer if Ariel was surrounded by marine debris and Sebastian had a plastic bag around his neck? Surely, we can suspend our logic just a little bit.

Don’t even tell them they cast Melissa McCarthy instead of an actual half-woman, half-octopus to play Ursula. 

Since Halle Bailey was cast as the flame-haired Disney princess in 2019, there’s been no shortage of backlash tied to the film with many lashing out at the diverse casting.

The Washington Post even cited ‘white nostalgia’ as the reason why #NotMyAriel began trending on Twitter.

Poor unfortunate souls.

Many Disney fans criticised the casting and even threatened to boycott the film as the African-American R'n'B superstar had replaced the fair-skinned princess.

Despite the racist keyboard warriors lashing out, the 22-year-old disclosed that her grandparents encouraged her amid the controversy and urged her to think of all the young children in desperate need of on-screen representation.

She told Variety: “It was an inspiring and beautiful thing to hear their words of encouragement, telling me, 'You don't understand what this is doing for us, for our community, for all the little Black and brown girls who are going to see themselves in you.'”

And Bailey’s grandparents proved to be on the money, as TikTok videos of young Black girls sweetly reacting to the trailer have gone viral.

In one viral video posted by user ‘Precious Avery’, a mother shows her three-year-old watching the trailer with the on-screen caption, ‘when your favourite Disney Princess looks like you’.

Once the real-life Ariel graces the screen, the toddler sits up, noting ‘I think she’s brown’ before adding ‘Brown Ariel is cute’.

Hopefully, this is a teachable moment for film-makers everywhere.

Topics: News, Racism, Celebrity, TV and Film, Disney

Charisa Bossinakis
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