'Little Mermaid' Star Fires Back At Those Who Say Ariel Can't Be Asian

Ariel wouldn’t take this, and nor is Diana Huey.

The Asian American actress who stars within the traveling musical manufacturing of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is talking out after on-line critics solid doubt on her talent to play the redheaded heroine now not on account of her skills and abilities, however on account of her ethnicity.

“It’s never easy being up on a stage in front of thousands of people everyday baring your soul, pushing through exhaustion and just hoping that they’ll like you,” Huey wrote in a Facebook submit on Saturday. “For me personally with this show, I’ve often also felt the added pressure of feeling like I have to work even harder to get the audience to like me or be with me because I’m not what they might have expected to see as an Asian American actor.”

Huey’s deal with adopted an interview with New York state’s The Buffalo News the place she mentioned coming upon complaint from Disney fanatics on social media who had been outraged that the manufacturing didn’t solid a white girl for the position as an alternative.

“It’s hard not to take it personally,” she instructed The Buffalo News.

In the start, she mentioned she was once ready to comb the remarks apart and now not let it have an effect on her. But the cruel phrases intensified because the excursion made its technique to the South.

Huey credited a shuttle to Memphis’ National Civil Rights Museum with serving to her perceive and handle her combat. She additionally credited a talk over with with a tender Asian woman in Nashville who was once together with her adoptive mom.

“The mom pulled me aside and said, ‘The second I saw that you were playing Ariel, I just burst into tears for the sake of my daughter being able to see that,’” Huey recalled their interplay to The Buffalo News.

“Seeing a little Asian girl in a place where there aren’t a lot of Asians, it reminds me how important it is to say diversity matters and being open-minded matters and equality matters. If I have to take the brunt of it every now and again, I will,” she mentioned.

Diversity issues and being open-minded issues and equality issues. If I’ve to take the brunt of it each once in a while, I will be able to.”

In her Facebook submit on Saturday, Huey repeated that confirmation.

“No one should feel like they aren’t enough because of the color of their skin or the shape of their eyes or any factor outside of WHO THEY ARE. And as I go out on the road city to city as an Asian American playing Ariel, I hope that it will inspire the next person who is out there auditioning for something to believe that THEY can be cast in a role based on their work and their talents,” she said.

“I want to believe in a world where racism and bigotry no longer exists. I want to believe that we can truly have equality in this world ― and the arts are a damn good place to start.” 

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