Our Thoughts On Hailey Bailey Playing The Little Mermaid

If you haven’t heard, Hailey Bailey who you might know from the group duo Chloe X Halle, has recently been cast as Ariel in the live action Little Mermaid movie that is set to premiere soon (official date has not been determined). If you didn’t know who Hailey is or what she looks like, you wouldn’t find this to be a big deal. But for those that see in color, they have taken her black skin to mean a theft of their childhood and for some, even a wash-out of their race. We at HerFineBASICS see her role as an opportunity to give us a new way of looking at what we “value” and shine a light on how we magnify the minor. 

And when you think about “race swapping” it has been in movies from as long as we can remember. In most Egyptian movies and even documentaries, there has been a false showcase of reality as the cast is mainly white. This eliminates accuracy in the black features that we really see in the statues and mummies. 

We can go on and on with other movies that have race swapped (historical and animated), but we’ll stick to three below:

Photo: Movie Still

Photo: Movie Still


When Jason Mamoa, a Polynesian actor, played a white Aquaman.


The character Fox (inspired by Halle Berry) was made into a movie in 2008, and was played by Angelina Jolie.

Photo: Comicbook.com

Photo: Comicbook.com


It only took 28 years before the part was played by a black woman (Halle Berry). Not only was this a race swap from the original comic book character, it was a swap from the original actress from the show. 

All-in-all, Hailey is a beautiful, talented musician and we can’t wait to see what she brings. Her role should be congratulated and not criticized. After all, Ariel is a magical animated creature who lives in the ocean and talks to aquatic animals. If that’s a possibility, why isn’t making the character black fathomable? Maybe we should find a purple Ursula if we want to stick to the script. 

But these are our thoughts. What is your opinion? We would love to hear what you have to say in the comments below. 

Camisha Ballard