Harry Styles Should NOT Play Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid:’ Here’s Why

Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid live-action…really?

The Little Mermaid is one of the most iconic and beautiful stories of our time. Sure, it’s problematic, but it’s still a magical Disney film with breathtaking music, gorgeous scenery and some of the most beautiful characters in cinema.

When it was announced that Halle Bailey was to star as Ariel, the Internet was all for it (actually, a lot of them weren’t, but that’s an entirely different story to tell). Bailey can sing, has Disney-esque features and shows lovely mermaid charisma.

Styles, on the other hand, has zero prince charisma. His long hair, weird face and discomforting smile possess the qualities of that emo misfit from high school who thought he was all “above it” even though his parents paid for those ripped jeans.

Here’s another thing- Styles can sing for a boy band and the public loves him. But to play the the romantic hero who sweeps the princess off her feet (literally with Ariel) is just not where his energy lies. Even though the One Direction members went their separate ways, Styles stayed pretty relevant because everyone is so in love with him…despite the fact that every other member of that band is far better looking and charming than him. Seriously, they couldn’t get Zayn for the role?

For 2019 standards, Prince Eric is a dud. But for Disney standards, he’s lovable, handsome and ravishing. A classy young man with a gorgeous face, pearly white teeth, suave hair and sings like an angel is what this character is known for. Not a grungy beatnik with a horrible hair-cut who can only look like a fake Prince Charming to girls under 13.

Come on, Zayn, it’s not too late!

Halle Bailey News: All Those ‘Little Mermaid’ Ariel Haters Are Ignorant And Freeform Just Proved It

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Of course, when someone of a different race gets cast for a (quote on quote) “white” role, the Internet goes crazy. People have argued that since the story of The Little Mermaid is Danish, that means she’s supposed to be white. That is not the case here, folks.

Freeform took to Instagram on Saturday to let the racists (yes, racists) know that to claim the Danish argument is weak.

“Yes. The original author of ‘The Little Mermaid’ was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid,” the post says.

It continues with, “But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish. Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and thus mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair.”

The post finishes by saying that Ariel is, once again, a fictional character. Therefore, her skin color can be absolutely anything. And given Bailey’s singing voice, it sounds like she’s going to nail the role.

Still have doubts about Bailey as Ariel? Watch the video below and try not to get excited about what that voice will bring to the role.

‘Little Mermaid’ Live Action News: Former Ariel Joanna Garcia Reveals Her Hope For Character In Anticipated Film

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It was just announced that Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid. But what kind of Ariel are we going to see? Well, Joanna Garcia-Swisher, who notoriously played Ariel in the TV series Once Upon a Time, exclusively revealed what she would love to see on-screen when we all witness the new Ariel.

The actress made an appearance in Beverly Hills at an event to launch St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support research and treatment for children with cancer. During her attendance, Garcia-Swisher mentioned that with a new version of The Little Mermaid coming out, she would love to see all of Ariel’s strengths brought out while seeing something new and exciting.

“I was thinking about the story of The Little Mermaid recently, and certainly as fairy tales sort of age, I would love to see a more modern approach, maybe taking a little bit of a different stand of seeing Ariel,” Garcia-Swisher said. “She’s very strong and she’s dedicated, and I appreciate all of those qualities. But what I would really love to see is maybe a little bit more of a feminist Ariel.”

A feminist Ariel would not be a bad idea!

The 39-year-old also discussed how grateful she is to be part of an event for St. Jude and how important it is to spread awareness.

“Obviously, St. Jude is a very established children’s hospital and they do amazing things, but I love exposing it to people and when you really understand what St. Jude does for families and children in the time they need it the most it’s hard to not be in awe of them,” Garcia-Swisher said.

As a parent to two daughters, Emerson, 6, and Sailor, 3, the actress is glad there is a hospital willing to be so accommodating to families who truly need help.

“I think for us, as parents of little ones too, not only are they getting everything free of charge, but they’re also getting world renowned care and the opportunity to really save lives, they’re getting the best possible treatment and taking all the stressors away, and it’s really miraculous,” she said.