Halle Bailey’s landed the lead role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid live-action film, and the announcement was met with racist backlash.

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The 19-year-old singer currently stars in ABC’s Grown-ish alongside her sister, Chloe.

“In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE,” wrote Halle’s Twitter account. “Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!”


“Dream come true,” was also posted from the duo’s account alongside a picture of Halle as a Black Ariel.

While the groundbreaking announcement was met with tons of congratulatory messages from Disney fans, including Zendaya, it ruffled a few feathers. Social media users began arguing that the mermaid should have her signature red hair and white skin like the original film.

The hashtag #NotMyAriel was the number one trending topic on the 4th of July while half of the users fought against Bailey’s casting, and the other half was dragging the hashtag.