It’s safe to say that the Halle Bailey-led, live-action production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid was a box office success during its first week in theaters. According to CNN, the film reportedly raked in $117 million during its first weekend in theaters. In addition, it earned rave reviews from film critics and fans.
“Halle Bailey’s turn as The Little Mermaid’s Ariel is inspired,” Charles Pulliam-Moore of The Verge wrote.
“Halle Bailey happens to be perfect: She has a clear, powerful voice — able to unleash a tsunami of emotions when she sings the anthemic ‘Part of Your World’ — and her performance is appealingly playful and sweet, even relatable,” Tom Gliatto of People Magazine added.
The film may have earned a 95% approval rating from fans on Rotten Tomatoes, but it received a harsh grade from Pennyworth star Paloma Faith. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Faith said that the film is not indicative of what she believes the next generation of women should be watching.
“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,” she wrote, according to Metro.
“Wtf is this sh*t. Not what I want to be teaching next gen women at all.”
Shortly thereafter, fans found a previous tweet from the actress in which she proclaimed her love for the character.
“When I grow up I want to be the little mermaid,” she tweeted.
“You will never be Halle,” one person replied.
“All this virtue signaling you are doing about Halle’s performance and it turns out you’ve always wanted to be The Little Mermaid? This is loser behavior,” another person added.
Paloma Faith slams new live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ movie:
“I don’t want my kids to think it’s ok to give up your entire voice and your powers to love man. WTF is this sh*t?” pic.twitter.com/POZIbKZ3Tx
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 29, 2023