Disney (might) just have found its Ariel
After rumors broke out that Spider-Man: Homecoming star Zendaya has been offered the role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action adaption of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ fans and haters alike took to Twitter to express their opinions about the casting.
Most reactions were positive
Zendaya as Ariel rumours are floating around again. As someone who probably loves The Little Mermaid a little bit too much, and am super concerned about the live action version being terrible – I really like this casting idea.
— Dougie (@WaltOGrams) August 23, 2018
I NEED @Zendaya TO BE ARIELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
THE LITTLE MERMAID MOODS 😍😍
— GIAW ☁️☁️ (@EL3ONARDI) August 24, 2018
Zendaya is going to rock the shit out of the little mermaid and that’s coming from a lil white girl who has probably seen the movie a thousand times
— trash queen. (@rottwitch) August 24, 2018
Some already started reimagining Zendaya in the role
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) August 23, 2018
if you were one of the people who couldn't comprehend zendaya as a redhead when she was first rumoured to play mj & to those who currently have the same problem regarding her (possibly) playing ariel in the little mermaid, i did yall a favour. you're welcome pic.twitter.com/EyI9X4aduQ
— dra 🌻 (@whatadaya) August 23, 2018
Some claimed it was a win for diversity in film
oh my GOD. IMAGINE zendaya as the little mermaid JESUS the racists would lose their MINDS and we’d get an amazing adaption, it’s a win win situation
— tali (@spjdeyholland) August 23, 2018
Little reminder that mermaids aren't an actual race, so stop using excuses as "she isn't light skinned or she isn't red haired" and deal with the fact that Zendaya's gonna play Ariel in The Little Mermaid you fucking racists pic.twitter.com/gvNiATAU3h
— ōscar (@slayagedaya) August 23, 2018
Altho others were stanning Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch
If Zendaya doesn’t play Ariel in the live action Little Mermaid, I nomimate that Madelaine Petsch takes on the role. pic.twitter.com/UGluX8V3Gr
— Angel (@angelsindreams) August 23, 2018
The ‘Greatest Showman’ star’s vocal chops and ‘blackwashing’ were also a concern
I support all black girls and I fuck with Zendaya. But I have heard Zendaya sing live many times. Not that studio shit. She is in no way shape or form fit to vocally play Ariel in the little mermaid. Go get someone off broadway and call it a day.
— k (@theylovekiki_) August 22, 2018
— 𝕵𝖆𝖘𝖔𝖓 𝕸. 🇺🇸 (@crypticgames) August 22, 2018
If zendaya actually gets the role of the little mermaid I won't complain if she is Ursula the sea witch. But ariel is a red head white American blue eyes girl. And Disney is letting every red haired American boy and girl down by not casting whatariel looks like in the 1989 film.
— angry dark magic (@spence_wooler) August 23, 2018
As for us? We’re kinda digging the idea