New adaptation Mermaid Disney has been in theaters around the world for a few days now. In addition to the mixed reviews the film garnered, the public and box office response was somewhat odd and complicated. But overall, the film has already generated some controversy, many of which are frankly ludicrous and show that real recognition of diversity in Hollywood is still a long way off.
The last of the controversies arises from another issue. Famous singer Paloma Faith criticized Mermaid for a harmful message to girls and teenagers. He announced this on his Instagram account.
“I just watched the new adaptation Mermaid with my children and although Halle [Berry] gives a great performance and it’s a great cast, as a mother of the girls, I don’t want any of my kids to think they can give up everything including their voice, skills and strength to love a man.”
“What the hell is this?” he continues. “This is not what we should be teaching the new generation of women,” she concludes. In terms of history, Mermaid not much different from the original animated film. In it, you can see how Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric (John Hauer-King) and makes a pact with Ursula. Where, with the help of a spell, he gains legs in exchange for losing his voice and thus being able to get out of the sea and be with his beloved.
History problem Mermaid
Paloma Faith emphasizes that this story, already quite old-fashioned, is practically indistinguishable from the original. All the efforts that Disney has made to modernize their films, confronting racial prejudice, fade into the background when the moral of this story continues to be old. First of all, by maintaining a message that is not suitable for new generations.
This is one of the few candid reviews the film has received. After fueling deeply racist sentiment from people who felt that “Ariel shouldn’t look like this,” it’s important that Disney maintain a positive message towards girls and teens, where they should invest their values, desires, and ambitions before simply dropping everything. , without further explanation, putting himself in the background, for the boy.
Mermaid It was released in theaters on May 26, 2023.
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