Donald Glover is rallying behind Halle Bailey amid criticism over her casting in Disney’s upcoming The Little Mermaid live-action reboot.

Final week, debates had been sparked on-line after it was introduced that the singer of R&B duo Chloe x Halle, a black lady, will play Ariel. Critics preserve that the character needs to be white and red-headed just like the 1989 animated character. Others accuse naysayers of merely being racist.

Donald weighed in on Halle’s casting in The Little Mermaid in an interview with E! Information’ Zuri Corridor.

“I believed that was so particular,” the actor stated on Tuesday on the premiere of Disney’s live-action reboot of The Lion King, wherein he portrays grownup Simba. “We had been simply watching that movie and I am like, that is such an awesome story however I am identical to, I dunno, I simply hope that she’s like having enjoyable and do not let anyone make you’re feeling the alternative of the way you wish to really feel. It is a very particular function and also you earned it, so I hope you are listening.”

Halle, 19, additionally attended the Lion King premiere, though she was not noticed with Donald. She attended the occasion together with her band mate and sister Chloe Bailey, 21. Halle posed for a photograph with Walt Disney Firm CEO Bob Iger on the premiere.

Donald Glover, Halle Bailey

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Whereas Disney has not commented instantly on the criticism over the Little Mermaid casting, on Saturday, an “open letter to the Poor, Unlucky Souls” was posted on the Instagram account of the corporate’s cable community Freeform.

“The character of Ariel is a piece of fiction,” the publish learn. “So in any case that is stated and executed, and you continue to can’t get previous the concept selecting the unbelievable, sensational, highly-talented, beautiful Halle Bailey is something aside from the INSPIRED casting that it’s as a result of she ‘would not seem like the cartoon one,’ oh boy, do I’ve some information for you…about you.”

Final month, E! Information confirmed that Melissa McCarthy was in early talks to play Ursula the ocean witch within the new The Little Mermaid movie. As well as, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are being eyed for the roles of Flounder and Scuttle. A launch date for the brand new film has not been introduced.

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