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‘Snow White’ Actress Defends the ‘Little Mermaid’

Halle Bailey, the actress playing Ariel the little mermaid in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1989 film The Little Mermaid, has been receiving a lot of hate for playing “Black Ariel”. Bailey herself has responded to the negative opinions in a surprisingly positive way — but Bailey apparently has another Disney princess in her corner, too: Snow White!

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Rachel Zegler as Maria in ‘West Side Story’ Credit: 20th Century Studios

Rachel Zegler, the actress who rose quickly to fame after starring in West Side Story last year, has received her own share of hate from people who have disapproved of her casting as Snow White. Zegler is playing Snow White in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the film, and is starring as the original Disney princess opposite Gal Gadot (the Israeli law-student-turned-actress who is playing the Evil Queen).

Both Zegler and Bailey are active on Youtube (with their own respective Youtube channels) and social media — so when Bailey started being attacked for playing Ariel after the new Disney movie’s teaser trailer was released, Zegler did not hesitate to step in and defend her fellow Disney princess!

Halle Bailey, The Little Mermaid

Halle Bailey plays Ariel the little mermaid. Credit: Disney

Zegler’s defense came in the form of a response to a particularly polarizing Tweet (shown below).

Twitter user Liam Webster wrote the following: “Hey @disney, I actually think that @rachelzegler is a good choice for the role of Snow White because she looks just like her. But @HalleBailey is #NotMyAriel. She can be the Little Mermaid on Broadway if she wishes, but not in a movie.”

Webster received several hostile comments on his Tweet, and Snow White herself joined in.

“if you don’t support my girl halle, who is the perfect ariel, you don’t support any of us,” Zegler wrote to Webster. Her response has received plenty of positive praise from fans of both Bailey and Zegler herself.

Are you excited to see both the new live-action version of Ariel and the new live-action version of Snow White onscreen?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!