Individuals are trying really hard to justify why Ariel from The Little Mermaid should be played by a white actress.
This comes after a declaration that singer and actress Halle Bailey, who is of African American, has won the role, with numerous arguing that the mythological fish-person should remain “authentic” to the original aesthetic – that is a white mermaid with red hair.
Truly, as indicated by science, mermaids are white since they live submerged and have less melanin, which means a lighter skin shading.
One Twitter user wrote: My opinion on why mermaids are white is that they live so deep underwater that sunlight hardly reaches them, thus the lack of melanin. It doesn’t matter what ocean they’re from cos they could’ve been migrating seasonally like fishes. But maybe im thinking too much.
Other gave some new theory
lol at people actually thinking that Ariel cannot be played by a black actress because of ‘mermaid science’ pic.twitter.com/5Djt0Wrfkn
— Hello Gillian (@mippy) July 4, 2019
people are bringing up science to justify their racism towards disney casting a black girl as ariel ….. i can’t even. SCIENCE? SHE’S A FUCKIN MERMAID MATE! a literal girl with a fish tail. in what world does the science of what deep sea skin colour would be make sense? shut up!
— saint chloe (@korcariwilds) July 3, 2019
Another come with a proper social theory
White washing = a white actor (for example) gets a role for a black character
Black washing = is the opposite
Disneys Ariel is white. So Black Washing. It’s not rocket science.
— (@LaulaGrimm) July 4, 2019
A student of medicine cleared up the details about melanin production.
Just for y’all trying to use science to say Ariel can’t be black (emphasis on try)…
Melanocyte production isn’t even dependent on sun exposure. It’s dependent on genetics (normality of the TYR gene, various enzymes, & the overall conversion of dopaquinone to melanin).
(@__CBeezy) July 4, 2019