Little Mermaid detractors are clear that The Little Mermaid character should be white Keisha: Halle Bailey was tapped to take the lead role in Disney Freeform’s remake of The Little Mermaid. Everyone: Yay!! Onika: I knew that. I knew that. Kizzy: You did not know that. Keisha: Entertainment Tonight posted on its Instagram page that despite the criticism that Disney Freeform has received for choosing Halle, they've got their girl and they're standing by their decision. So now, Onika and Kizzy, there are a lot of people on Instagram who are still livid over this choice. One person saying that the mermaid is a white character with red hair. And that Disney should not be so lazy and create a new character. What do you guys think? Kizzy: I think it's ludicrous because she is a mermaid, a mermaid is not real. Onika: She's a cartoon, first of all. Kizzy: Cartoon, mermaids don't exist.