Halle Bailey will feature in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
Little Black girls will see themselves in the live-action ‘Little Mermaid’ next year, but the casting decision has already sparked controversy and fury.
Fans got their first look at Halle Bailey’s Ariel over the weekend, complete with mermaid tail, purple bikini top, and ginger dreadlocks. We also got a glimpse of Ariel’s underwater home and heard her sing bits of the character’s popular song, “Part of Your World.” The majority of people, especially young black girls throughout the world, were ecstatic to see Halle Bailey, one half of the singing sister duo Chloe x Halle. Unfortunately, the teaser revived racist attitudes that appeared when Bailey was first cast in the role.
Trolls said that Bailey was #NotMyAriel, referring to the belief that the live-action version of Ariel should look like her in the original film – pale white complexion, straight red hair. Many people stated that her casting was an example of “woke” culture gone wild.
Many others quickly dismissed the statements. They’re debating about who may and cannot play a human-fish hybrid monster, after all. In a movie with a singing crab with a Jamaican accent. There’s also a purple octopus woman who snatches voices. So debating whether it matters that the primary role is now performed by a Black actor is, in many ways, absurd. This is all intended to be imaginary fun, isn’t it? But, in an effort to dismiss the silliness of the reactions, it’s easy to overlook how important it is for Black females to see themselves on film.
Hot Shots returns this autumn.
This autumn, Broadcast will revive its emerging talent project Hot Shots, but with a twist.
Hot Shots will continue to seek for the best and brightest from the television business, but the age limitation requiring nominations to be under the age of 30 will be lifted.
This adjustment recognises that not everyone has equal access to opportunities while they are young. It implies that Hot Shots will recognise both those who flourish early in their careers and those who have escaped the ‘frozen middle’ by infusing momentum into their careers with big recent successes.
We’re seeking for people who work in broadcasting, production, or post-production, and we especially appreciate contributions that demonstrate the industry’s diversity in terms of gender, colour, ethnicity, disability, location, and social background.
Successful applicants’ careers and talents will be featured in the November issue of Broadcast magazine, which will be released on October 27th.
Chinny Okolidoh, the director of L’Oreal, will manage the BBC’s diversity program.
Chinny Okolidoh, diversity director of L’Oréal, has been selected to manage the BBC’s diversity strategy.
Okolidoh will take on the newly established post of director of diversity and inclusion later this year, essentially replacing both director of creative diversity June Sarpong and diversity lead Miranda Wayland, both of whom have joined Amazon.
Okolidoh is entrusted for ensuring diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the BBC’s activities and output, combining in-house HR tasks with third-party producer and on-screen responsibilities.
She will be in charge of the creation and execution of on-air and production projects throughout the BBC, such as talent representation, commissioning standards, D&I training programmes, and progress indicators.
Okolidoh stated that she hopes to continue the BBC’s “excellent work [in] continuing to place diversity and inclusion at the core of all the BBC does to inform, educate, and amuse millions of people in the UK and throughout the world.”
She will report to the yet-to-be-named BBC chief people officer.
According to a new study, there are very few Muslims in famous TV shows.
Muslims make up 25% of the worldwide population, and Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion — but Muslims make up barely 1% of characters in popular television programmes in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
These are just two of the results in a new report released by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on Wednesday. Researchers examined 200 top-rated television series that aired in these four nations between 2018 and 2019, and polled 8,885 characters with speaking parts.
Aside from the numerical deficiency, the bulk of Muslim characters were shown as adult Middle Eastern or North African [MENA] men, despite the fact that Muslims are the world’s most racially and ethnically diverse religious community.
These individuals were also associated with violent activities and conduct. Over 30% of the 98 Muslim characters were violent perpetrators, whereas over 40% were victims of similar acts. Less than one-third were depicted as fluent English speakers, emphasising Muslim stereotypes of “foreigners.”
Viewers would have to watch hours and hours of programming before seeing even one representation of a Muslim character, with considerably more time necessary to locate a portrayal that is not associated with violence or extremism.