The first full trailer for Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid is proving to be profoundly unpopular, accumulating more than 1 million “dislikes” on YouTube less than a week after its revealing Sunday during the Oscars.
Left-wing activists, including Disney star Josh Gad, are blaming “MAGA racists” for the intensely negative reaction while forgetting to mention that similar thrashings have befallen other remakes, including last year’s live-action Pinnochio and 2016’s female-centric Ghostbusters, both of which had mostly white casts.
The Little Mermaid trailer has accumulated 1.1 million “dislikes” on YouTube as of Friday afternoon, while the number of “likes” stands at just 196,000, according to a Google Chrome extension that unblocks the “dislikes” counter.
The teaser trailer, which was distributed six months ago, has received 3.5 million “dislikes,” versus 1.2 million “likes.”
Set to launch in cinemas May 26, the live-action The Little Mermaid features an ethnically diverse cast, with actress Halle Bailey, who is black, in the title role and Melissa McCarthy, who is white, as Ursula, the sea witch. The two actresses came onstage at the Oscars on Sunday to present the trailer in what felt like a glorified Disney junket.
The left is trying to blame Trump supporters for the trailer’s negative reception, alleging without evidence that “MAGA racists” have begun a “dislike” campaign against the movie.
Actor Josh Gad, who starred in another Disney live-action remake Beauty and the Beast, assisted in spreading the smear to his more than 660,000 Twitter followers.
“Frozen” and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” star Josh Gad on Thursday called out the “pathetic” people who disliked the latest trailer for Disney’s remake of “The Little Mermaid,” specifically those poor unfortunate souls who still couldn’t get over R&B singer Halle Bailey playing the titular princess Ariel.
“Imagine being so broken and pathetic in life that your chief concern is the skin color of … a make-believe singing mermaid,” the actor wrote on Twitter, retweeting a post by Call to Activism stating that “The Little Mermaid” trailer” is “currently being mass ‘disliked’ on YouTube by MAGA racists.”
As Breitbart News reported, Disney’s teaser for the recent live-action remake of Pinnochio received a similar online thrashing from the public, with “dislikes” outstripping “likes” by more than tenfold.
I watch lots of movies with black people in them, anywhere from 1% to 100%. Never had an issue with "the wiz" or other "race swapped" movies (like Jackie Brown, for eg.). But these days, race swapping is all about "fixing" something Hollywood thinks is broken, and I don't watch…
— Jeff (@jeff_4_ever) March 17, 2023
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