Mermaids 'should actually be translucent': Right-winger opposes Black actress in Disney reboot

Mermaids 'should actually be translucent': Right-winger opposes Black actress in Disney reboot
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Right-wing Daily Wire podcaster Matt Walsh threw a fit on Wednesday over the new live-action remake of the classic Disney film The Little Mermaid because the main character, Ariel, is portrayed by actress Halle Bailey, who is Black.

Walsh claimed on The Matt Walsh Show that the story's author, Hans Christian Anderson, would have only envisioned white fairy tale creatures "since that's the world and the people he was surrounded by."

Matt said that while he is "sympathetic" to more racial inclusion in fictional works, he opposes Bailey's casting because of marine biology.

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"Also, by the way, with The Little Mermaid – can we also just mention that from a scientific perspective – it doesn't make a lot of sense to have someone with darker skin who lives deep in the ocean," Walsh complained.

"I mean, if anything, not only should The Little Mermaid be pale, she should, actually, be translucent," he continued.

"If you look at deep sea creatures, they're, like, translucent. They have no, kind of, pigmentation whatsoever. And they're just, like, these horrifying -- they look like skeletons floating around in the ocean. That's what The Little Mermaid should look like. She should be totally pale and skeletal where you can see her skull through her face," Walsh noted, adding that his "would be a version of The Little Mermaid that I would watch."

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