Parents Are Posting TikToks of Their Black Daughters Getting Excited About Halle Bailey in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Trailer

Parents of young Black girls are posting videos of their thrilled children reacting to the trailer for Disney’s coming live action “Little Mermaid,” which stars Halle Bailey as Ariel.

“Mommy!” a little girl says in a video posted by TikTok user nickyknackpaddywack. “She’s brown like me!”

Her video is among the many being shared across TikTok and Twitter, with parents using hashtags like #representationmatters to help demonstrate the importance of diverse casting in children’s media.

Disney debuted a teaser trailer of the film at D23 over the weekend. The trailer has amassed almost 11 million views on YouTube.

But its release reignited racist backlash online, which first surfaced in 2019 following news of Bailey’s casting, from some people who said they think Disney...

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