Original Ariel Actor Speaks Out After Little Mermaid Trailer Received 1.5 Million Dislikes On Youtube

By Editorial Staff in Entertainment Published On 14th September 2022

The original Ariel has spoken out over the new trailer for The Little Mermaid remake, which has received over 1.7 million dislikes on YouTube. You're probably thinking that YouTube no longer allows you to view the dislike counter on videos.

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However, there are some plug-ins available that can work around the lost capability. According to a popular plug-in, the new trailer for The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, received millions of dislikes just days after its debut.

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Jodi Benson, the original Ariel, has now stated that she is 'so proud' of Bailey's performance in the teaser. Benson, 60, commended the 22-year-old on her Instagram account for her "amazing" performance. Jodi tweeted after the trailer debuted, "So thrilled! So excited! Halle, you were absolutely amazing! "I'm so proud of you and your beautiful performance as Ariel!"


Despite the overwhelming number of dislikes, the trailer has been positively welcomed by young girls, whose heartfelt comments have gone viral. In one video, a young girl named Sienna is seen watching the trailer and asks, "Is that Ariel?" That is her?' while 'Part of Your World' plays gently in the background.

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"I hope Halle understands what this means for so many little girls worldwide and millennials," one person said. "The look in their eyes when they see that is why this is so important," remarked another. "I don’t know why people can’t understand that.” A third person added, "Her lil' face light up."

Bailey recently spoke with People on the significance of her role as the Disney princess.

She stated: "The fact that now it's getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, a woman of color, I'm just like, wow, I'm so grateful for what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me.


"Because I know if I had seen myself when I was younger, I think my whole perspective would've changed."


Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula, Javier Bardem will play King Triton, Jonah Hauer-King will play Prince Eric, Jacob Tremblay will play Flounder, Daveed Diggs will play Sebastian, and Awkwafina will play Scuttle in The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid will be released in theatres on May 26, 2023.