Halle Bailey is Not Disney's First Black Mermaid

The trailer for Disney's live-action version of The Little Mermaid was released at the D23 Expo on September 9. 

It has caused a lot of excitement on social media, but also sparked negative reactions that were branded racist against Halle Bailey.

A subset of Ariel fans criticized the casting decision for the 18-year-old actress and singer.

A subset of fans criticized the casting decision to cast the then-18-year-old singer and actress as Ariel.

"In the Little Mermaid...Ariel meets a mermaid from Africa. 

This is because Mermaids can be fictional and black," the user wrote beside the image. 

The post received over 100,000 upvotes.