When the trailer is a live-action reboot The Little Mermaid was disconnected last month, and the network was instantly flooded. Short film – now over Million Views and Counts- Showcasing Halle Bailey as Ariel singing a segment of the classic song “Part of Your World”. “I didn’t expect this reaction! I’m absolutely amazed by the way this has all spread,” Bailey told Vogue
during Paris Fashion Week .
The reaction was mostly positive, with several commenters noting that Bailey’s angelic voice “gives a chill down my spine.” But, like many stars playing a very famous role, there was backlash, with racist commentators in particular condemning the prospect of black Ariel. For her part, Bailey chose to focus on the positives — mostly to see how her starring role provided much-needed representation and how it resonated with young black girls. (There are several videos showing the girls’ hilarious reactions to the trailer). “I’ve seen all the babies and I cry every time I watch a reaction video,” Bailey said. “I just went crazy!”