Backtalk: Recasting a Disney Princess

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the live-action casting for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel in the upcoming film and many racists cried it would be inaccurate to have a Black mermaid in this classic story. Why is it so important for viewers to see a young Black woman be cast as a Disney princess?

 

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The perfect summer flick is out: college students on vacay, sun-bleached days, sex, and pagan rituals! Midsommar (directed by Hereditary’s Ari Aster) is a bright, floral horror film exploring grief, community, and that boyfriend you need to dump. 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edward P. Jones’s short story collection, Lost in the City, explores a tenderly-rendered world of a Washington D.C. from another time. 

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For a preview of Ariel’s singing voice, listen to “Wolf at Your Door” by Chloe X Halle.

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by Amy Lam
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Amy Lam is Bitch Media’s contributing editor. Find her at @amyadoyzie.

by Dahlia Balcazar
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Dahlia Balcazar is a contributing editor at Bitch Media. She’s passionate about horror films, ’90s music, girl gangs, and Shirley Jackson. She is the artist formerly known as Dahlia Grossman-Heinze. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.