The Little Mermaid: Are China and South Korea the Newest Lackeys of White Supremacy?

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJun 8

It isn’t just racist white folk getting worked up by a Black mermaid…

Halle Bailey, the star of The Little Mermaid. Image via Twitter

The little mermaid.

Nothing has generated as much bile as the news that Halle Bailey was to star as the eponymous Little Mermaid in Disney movie.

To Black folk, it’s no big deal, especially those who know that water mermaids have been part of the African folklore forever.

But to bigoted folk, it is yet another evidence of wokeness on steroids; the overwhelming compulsion to have non-white actors taking on roles which have always been seen as the exclusive preserve of whites.

And this vile bigotry has been the backdrop to the release of the film to movie theaters.

And in today’s world, anyone with a modicum of knowledge of geopolitics will appreciate the degree to which Hollywood courts Asia. And by that I mean South Korea and the People’s Republic of China.

These two countries have a multi-billion dollar market which the power players have come to see as central to its profitability and it is precisely why Tinsletown has embraced all things Asian lately.

And this thinking is why the studios thought that the Little Mermaid would be a hit in the far east.

But no such thing has happened.

The Little Mermaid took only 3.5 million dollars in its first weekend in China and South Korea.

So what could it be?

Are our friends in the far east also put off by movie goers in the west by having a non-white actress in the lead role?

Or was it a badly written, directed and acted film?

Something tells me it might very well be the former not the latter.

And given my experiences in that part of the world, I am inclined to believe that it has a lot to do with the skin colour of the lead actress.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible