The portrayal of Ariel by Halle Bailey in the Disney live-action remake of The Little Mermaid has the film already embroiled in controversy with its first trailer.
Disney’s remakes are no stranger to controversy from nostalgic fans however this time the backlash is transparently biased against the casting of a woman of color portraying Ariel, the titular mermaid character of the story.
The film trailer had received over 1.5 million dislikes from upset fans and so YouTube removed the dislike counter to redirect focus on the film itself.
Rosann’s statement was, “We don’t assign ethnicity to fish, we don’t assign ethnicity to fictional characters (who are fish), these characters were created at a different time and place where they may have been financial reasons why creating White (Caucasian) characters for White viewers was the only way to go – but we don’t live in that time anymore.”
Rosann Santos is a FranklinCovey consultant and facilitator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Unconscious Bias and Sensitivity Training. She provides highly effective workshops to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and society to the most prominent organizations in the world such as Amazon, Goodyear®, and Oracle.
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Rosann Santos is a bilingual Spanish/English keynote speaker, FranklinCovey Facilitator for DEI and Gallups Strengths Coach based in New York City who has delivered keynotes across the world. She has delivered keynote addresses to professional organizations, educational institutions, career-development and higher learning audiences from every walk of life. She is committed in assisting students, professionals and industry experts excel in their academic and professional growth – especially women.
1. You can walk in and no one notices.
2. You can walk in and you’re noticed for the wrong reasons.
3. Or you can walk in as the crowd parts for you to walk by.
Her specialty is to empower, enlighten and embolden women in ways that are positive and beneficial for their future.
Notable organizations who have hired Rosann:
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