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    Halle Bailey Had The Best Response To Those Criticizing Her "Little Mermaid" Casting

    "I'm just so excited to be a part of it."

    By now you know that Halle Bailey will play Ariel in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

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    You probably recognize her from Grown-ish or from the Grammy-nominated singing group Chloe x Halle.

    And though both celebrities and fans were excited about the news...

    In case you needed a reminder... Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do! #TheLittleMermaid #HalleBailey

    ...many others were unhappy about a black actor taking on the iconic role, voicing their opinions with #NotMyAriel on Twitter.

    It's not a movie about mermaids ... it's about the 1989 Disney movie based on the story "The Little Mermaid" Written by Hans Christian Andersen where he describes white skin as blue eyes. Ariel is from DENMARK ... Nordic ... #NotMyAriel #Itisnotinclusive

    Disney's Freeform released a powerful statement addressing the racist backlash, as did the original voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, who said, “I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters."

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    You can read Jodi's full statement here.

    Now, Halle herself is finally speaking out. In an interview with Variety at their Power of Young Hollywood Gala, she said, "I feel like I'm dreaming and I'm just grateful and I don't pay attention to the negativity."

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    "I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater, and it's going to be beautiful," she continued. "I'm just so excited to be a part of it."

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    And there you have it! I, for one, cannot wait to see Halle crush it.

    Nothing but respect for my unbothered princess!

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