Paloma Faith criticized the message of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” in a since-deleted Instagram post, stating that she did not want her children to think it’s acceptable “to give up your entire voice and your powers to love a man”. Despite praising Halle Bailey’s performance as Ariel, Faith’s comments led many fans to question if she had seen the original film, in which Ariel gives up her voice to become human, not to be with a man. The latest version of “The Little Mermaid” is now in theaters.
Paloma Faith criticized the message of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” stating that she doesn’t want her children to think it’s okay to give up their voice and power for the sake of loving a man.
Paloma Faith, a British singer, has taken issue with the message of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid”. Faith shared her views on the film’s interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story on her Instagram Stories after watching it with her children. Though she thought Halle Bailey gave a “good performance” as Ariel and praised the casting, Faith criticised the movie’s message.
The singer wrote on Instagram, “As a mother of girls, I don’t want my kids to think it’s ok to give up your entire voice and your powers to love a man. WTF is this s - - t? Not what I want to be teaching next-gen women at all.” Many fans argued with Faith’s critique, arguing that Ariel gave up her voice to become human, not to be with a man.
Faith, however, was not convinced, and many fans took to Twitter to debate the issue. Some questioned whether she had seen the original movie since her interpretation of the story seemed to differ from the original. Others suggested that her comments stemmed from something more than the movie’s message. However, one fan pointed out that the original film had a “strong independent woman message” and Ariel had given up her voice to become human, not to be with a man.
Faith deleted her original Instagram post, although there is no information available on whether she has responded to the criticism. The live-action “Little Mermaid” is now being played in theatres across the United States.