A Mermaid by Any Other Color Would Still Sound as Sweet

Disney made waves by casting Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid. Is this a clarion call for more diversity and inclusion in the film industry? As a former Ariel and a professor of acting, I take a personal and honest look at our cultural obsession with mermaids, the controversy surrounding Bailey’s casting, implications for the future of casting in the industry, and how educators can better prepare young actors to transcend limitations.