I'm not upset about a black chick being cast as the new Little Mermaid, because I celebrate anytime a black person gets a job, and I won't be watching the movie anyway, regardless of who's in it.
But I'm concerned that some people seem to be arguing that it's only right that a black chick should play the Little Mermaid, because the Little Mermaid has been black all along.
I'm not too proud to admit that I've seen the original Little Mermaid, on VHS, back in the early '90s. My mom borrowed it from one of the CACs at her job, when I was home sick from school (schlong was too long; had to have it shortened).
Not only do I not recall the Little Mermaid being black. I don't remember her skin being as dark as it is in comparison-pics currently circulating on Black People Twitter. Disney might be trying to "retcon" a Little Mermaid with dark skin, similar to how Time magazine tried to darken up OJ after someone killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
True, some of the songs from the Little Mermaid soundtrack had kind of a calypso vibe, like maybe Louis Farrakhan contributed some uncredited work. But so does "The Tide Is High" by Blondie, and nobody's saying she's a black chick. (Her name is Blondie!) An honorary black chick, sure, but not a legit, according to Hoyle hoodrat—hot 16 on "Rapture" notwithstanding.