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So there is apparently something called “White Twitter,” and the folks of “White Twitter” are turning red over a live action version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Why? Because Halle Bailey, half of the R&B duo Chloe x Halle, has been cast as “Ariel,” and Halle is black.
White Twitter is infuriated that a black girl was cast, they actually started a hashtag called #NotMyAriel.
Mermaids are still fictional creatures, right? I mean, I know we all make the general assumption that they’re white due to Daryl Hannah’s stirring portrayal of “Madison” in the film “Splash,” but have scientists officially signed off on the “all mermaids are caucasian” thing?
WIBC host Tony Katz offered insight on the latest social media controversy Monday morning:
“The mainstream media outlets have learned that they can use social media to push a narrative. It’s great for THEM that they’re able to say, ‘Oh! A black “Ariel” has been cast; you know someone is going to be upset about that.’ Then they find three tweets out of 9 trillion, and they’re able to write a story about it. Social media helped them move the narrative, and that’s the moment that social media became this sort of hell on earth.
So people on social media realize this, and therefore, they say more and more outlandish things in an attempt to gain the attention of the mainstream media – because everyone likes seeing themselves on TV – and the cycle continues.”
Click the link below to hear Tony’s full commentary: