When it was first announced that Disney had cast a Black woman, Halle Bailey, as the lead in their live-action The Little Mermaid remake, all hell broke loose. Of course, her community was happy to see the 23-year-old thriving. Unfortunately, racists couldn't help but run their mouths on social media regarding the push for diversity. Yara Shadidi was met with a similar response when she earned the role of Tinkerbell in Peter Pan & Wendy. Nevertheless, both young actresses have since been shutting down critics with their work.
After months of waiting, Bailey's first-ever film made its world premiere in Hollywood on Monday (May 8). It won't be available to the general public until later this month, though a select group of celebrity friends such as Offset, Chlöe Bailey, and Kelly Rowland were all invited to the early screening. Other industry figures were in attendance as well, many of whom have already been sharing their thoughts regarding The Little Mermaid on Twitter.
Halle Bailey Stuns at The Little Mermaid Premiere
"#TheLittleMermaid makes it pretty close to being the best live-action Disney movie," one lucky earlier viewer shared with social media followers. "However, it still struggles in the villain department," they admitted. "Halle Bailey IS Ariel and I had literal chills throughout her performance. This is a little mermaid retelling like you’ve never seen before."
Elsewhere, Kelly Rowland also sang her young friend's praises, writing, "'The Little Mermaid' is truly AN EPIC WATCH!!! The music in this movie!! FREAKINGGGGGGGWOWWWWW!! You laugh, you cry, you sing along!!" along with photos of her colourful outfit from the premiere. "I know I’m gonna be singing these songs for weeks to come!!!!!!" the Destiny's Child alum declared.
Twitter Reacts to Disney's Latest Live-Action Movie
Following the event, Halle Bailey shared beautiful photos of her designer dress, as well as some thoughts about her experience preparing for the premiere. "You guys, I'm so overwhelmed and overjoyed that this movie is almost here for you all to see," she wrote on Monday afternoon. "This was the first premiere of the press run and I have been in tears and feeling oh so grateful," the rising starlet further gushed. Keep scrolling to see more Twitter reactions, and let us know if you'll be at the theatres on May 26th to catch the public debut of The Little Mermaid in the comments.