Fans Use Disturbing AI to Turn Halle Bailey White In ‘The Little Mermaid’ Remake

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A white woman's face replaces Halle Bailey under the sea in "The Little Mermaid" trailer.

Earlier this week, we shared all-new leaked footage of Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, hitting theaters on May 26, 2023. Now, some new footage has emerged… but not from Disney.

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@Geilan63 shared the footage on Twitter. The user alleges that another account, @TenGazillionIQ, used Artificial Intelligence (AI) software to alter Bailey’s face and make her appear white in footage from The Little Mermaid teaser trailer: 

Much Better Credits to our memer Artificial Intelligence scientist

@TenGazillionIQ

He fixed The Little Mermaid, and turned the woke actor into a ginger white girl He says he can do fix the whole movie when it comes out with 4× A6000 in 24 hours #Disney #LittleMermaid

Additionally, the user claims that the entire film can be changed within 24 hours upon its release.

The video was met with immediate backlash for its racist implications. @banditoknight wrote:

Disgusting. “He fixed The Little Mermaid” how so? You made a mythical creature from one skin color to another? Nah, you guys are just racist

One of the most popular replies noted the hypocrisy in changing Bailey’s face but not her voice. @AndreaLinder said:

Don’t want the black face, but sure to keep the black singing voice. Says everything

Others pointed out that in addition to being racist, making these changes could inspire a copyright crackdown from Disney and potentially legal fees. Some even tagged The Walt Disney Company directly. From @MagnoliaaltS:

This will get very expensive, very quickly for you and anyone else trying to mess with Disney’s work product and publish it anywhere. It could also land you in prison.

The Little Mermaid features a star-studded cast, directed by Rob Marshall, with original music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken. Bailey is Ariel, Melissa McCarthy is Ursula the Sea Witch, Jonah Hauer-King is Prince Eric, Javier Bardem is King Triton, Daveed Diggs is Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay is Flounder, and Awkwafina is Scuttle the seagull.

More on The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid
Credit: Disney

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Travel under the sea with Ariel (Jodi Benson) in a remake of this Disney Renaissance classic. From Disney:

With unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures, soaring Academy Award®-winning music (1989: Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song, “Under The Sea”), The Little Mermaid is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Now spectacularly transformed for the first time on Blu-ray with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound! Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds.

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