A New Partnership Brings More Diversity to the Big Screen
The Little Mermaid is one of the world’s most beloved fairytales, but it’s also a story that’s long been criticized for its lack of diversity. Now, with the help of hair-care brand Carol’s Daughter, Disney’s newest adaptation of the classic story is set to address this issue head on.
The partnership between Disney and Carol’s Daughter isn’t just about marketing products. The two companies are working together to ensure that the film features a diverse cast and crew and that the story itself celebrates the beauty of different cultures and backgrounds.
Bringing More Voices to the Table
While previous adaptations of The Little Mermaid have largely featured white, European-looking actors, the new version will star Halle Bailey, a Black actress who rose to fame as one half of the band Chloe x Halle. In addition to Bailey, the film will feature a diverse supporting cast, including actors of color, as well as LGBTQ+ representation.
But it’s not just the on-screen talent that’s gaining more representation. Carol’s Daughter CEO Lisa Price emphasized the importance of having diverse perspectives behind the camera as well. “It’s not just about representation in front of the cameras,” she said. “It’s about who’s making the decisions about what story is being told and how it’s being told.”
A Step in the Right Direction
While some critics have been skeptical about the new adaptation, Disney’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is a welcome step forward. The Little Mermaid isn’t just any story – it’s a classic that’s been told and retold for generations. By making sure that the story is inclusive and celebrates diversity, Disney has the opportunity to set an example that other studios and creators can follow.
“We know we have a responsibility to tell stories that reflect the world around us,” said Disney’s Executive Vice President of Creative Production Tendo Nagenda. “And that’s not just coming from a moral or ethical imperative, but it’s also just good business.”
Overall, the partnership between Disney and Carol’s Daughter is a promising sign that the entertainment industry is starting to become more inclusive and diverse. The Little Mermaid is set to make waves when it hits theaters, and we can’t wait to see what other stories this partnership will bring to life.