Disney’s Original Ariel Reacts to Halle Bailey Being Cast in Live-Action The Little Mermaid

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Halle Bailey has the nod of approval from the original Ariel.

The Chloe x Halle singer, 19, was cast as the singing mermaid in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Reacting to racist Internet comments about her casting, Jodie Benson, the original voice of Ariel in the 1989 animated classic, praised Disney’s decision while recently attending Florida Supercon.

“I think the most important thing is to tell the story,” Benson said at the pop culture convention, as seen in a video on Instagram posted by user part.of.my.disney.world.. “We have, as a family, raised our children and for ourselves that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside. I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart and their spirit is what really counts.” (read more)

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