Posted on September 16, 2022

Little Mermaid Trailer Sets Awful Disney Record With Nearly 1 Million Dislikes

Matthew Creith, Giant Freakin Robot, September 14, 2022

As Disney gears up for its live-action remake of the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, the trailer for the new film has recently dropped. In it, actor and singer Halle Bailey plays Ariel, the mermaid who dreams of losing her fins to one day walk on land. However, it appears that an awful Disney record has been made since the trailer was dropped, as some fans seem to be upset with the fact that Ariel is a Black woman.

According to a report by ScreenNearYou, the live-action The Little Mermaid trailer that was dropped this week on YouTube has more dislikes than any other Disney trailer on record, coming in close to 1 million dislikes so far. It also has more than 104 million views since it debuted at Disney’s D23 Expo over the weekend, signaling that there is shared interest in viewing the teaser trailer but also possibly plenty of racists in the midst. With the original animated version of Ariel presented as a white European woman with red hair, having an actor like Halle Bailey step into the role seems to have put some viewers off.