Zegler, who was cast as Snow White in Disney’s live-action remake, tweeted, “If you don’t support my girly hall who is the perfect Ariel, don’t support any of us.”
HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY: Halle Bailey has faced endless abuse online since Disney announced her casting as Ariel in the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid.’ But despite the backlash, the African-American actor is receiving support from a slew of big-name stars.
Among them is Rachel Zegler, who was also cast as a Disney princess. The 21-year-old actor, who will play Snow White in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake, defended Bailey while clapping back at a troll who tweeted his opinion on Disney’s casting decisions on Tuesday, September 20.
The social media user tweeted, “Hey @disney I think @rachelzegler is a great choice for the role of Snow White because she looks just like her. But @HalleBailey is #NotMyAriel. She can be the little mermaid on Broadway if she wishes, but not in a movie.”
Zegler tweeted, “If you don’t support my girl hall who is the perfect Ariel, don’t support any of us.” The tweet from Zegler, who made her film debut as Maria Vasquez in the 2021 musical drama West Side Story, has managed to garner over 600 retweets and almost 9,000 likes in nearly 12 hours since it was first posted.
While Zegler and Bailey have yet to work together, the bond between the two is truly admirable. The couple showed their bond on the 2021 Met Gala red carpet by sharing a rather adorable snap. “This incredible young woman. @HalleBailey the Ariel/Snow White crossover we deserve,” Zegler wrote while sharing the snap on her Twitter handle.
Bailey has yet to respond to Zegler’s tweet, though Zegler is just the latest to defend herself amid racial backlash over the first “Little Mermaid” trailer…including a whopping 2 million dislikes for the trailer.
Not just Zegler, but a slew of stars have come forward to defend Bailey, including Daryl Hannah, 61, who played the live-action OG mermaid in the hit 1983 film Splash. “The little mermaid is black/I met her/there!” Hannah tweeted along with the hashtag #dontbearacistdork. The tweet received over 4.5k retweets and over 42k likes in just under a day after it was posted on Wednesday evening, September 14th.
Hannah’s words of appreciation came just days after Jodi Benson, the voice actress who portrayed the original Ariel in the animated classic, praised Bailey for her work in the upcoming live-action remake. “It was so wonderful to celebrate with your family here at #d23expo and the brilliant director Rob Marshall… I am so grateful for our 35+ year friendship. Thank you for creating such a stunning film!” Benson concluded. Halle reposted the image on her Instagram story with the caption, “Thank you so much…this means the world to me coming from you! You made Ariel magical for us.”