‘The Little Mermaid is black’: Splash star Daryl Hannah shows her support for Halle Bailey

Just days after the first trailer for The Little Mermaid brought waves of racist trolls out of the woodwork, star Halle Bailey is finding support from another big-screen mermaid: Daryl Hannah.

Hannah, 61, played the mermaid Madison in the 1983 smash hit movie Splash, alongside Tom Hanks, and she showed her support for 22-year-old Bailey on Twitter.

Hannah’s praise comes just after Jodi Benson – the voice actress who portrayed the original Ariel in the animated classic – showed her support as well.

‘The Little Mermaid is black’: Splash star Daryl Hannah shows her support for Halle Bailey

Trolls: Just days after the first trailer for The Little Mermaid brought waves of racist trolls out of the woodwork, star Halle Bailey is finding support from another big-screen mermaid: Daryl Hannah

Support: Hannah, 61, played the mermaid Madison in the 1983 smash hit movie Splash, alongside Tom Hanks, and she showed her support for 22-year-old Bailey on Twitter

Support: Hannah, 61, played the mermaid Madison in the 1983 smash hit movie Splash, alongside Tom Hanks, and she showed her support for 22-year-old Bailey on Twitter

‘The little mermaid is black/I met her/there!’ Hannah tweeted  along with the hashtag #dontbearacistdork.

The tweet got over 4.5K retweets and over 42K likes in just under a day after it was posted on Wednesday evening.

Bailey herself hasn’t responded to Hannah, or the original voice of The Little Mermaid, Jodi Benson, 60, who showed her support on her Instagram story.

Black: 'The little mermaid is black/I met her/there!' Hannah tweeted along with the hashtag #dontbearacistdork

Black: ‘The little mermaid is black/I met her/there!’ Hannah tweeted along with the hashtag #dontbearacistdork

‘Halle, you were absolutely amazing! ‘I’m SO proud of you & your beautiful performance as Ariel,’ Benson began.

‘It was so wonderful to celebrate with your family here at #d23expo and to the brilliant director, Rob Marshall… I’m so thankful for our friendship of over 35 years. Thank you for creating such a stunning film!!’ Benson concluded.

Halle reposted the image to her Instagram Story with the caption: ‘Thank you so much… this means the world to me coming from you! You made Ariel magical for us.’ 

Amazing: 'Halle, you were absolutely amazing! 'I'm SO proud of you & your beautiful performance as Ariel,' Benson began

Amazing: ‘Halle, you were absolutely amazing! ‘I’m SO proud of you & your beautiful performance as Ariel,’ Benson began 

Repost: Halle reposted the image to her Instagram Story with the caption: 'Thank you so much... this means the world to me coming from you! You made Ariel magical for us'

Repost: Halle reposted the image to her Instagram Story with the caption: ‘Thank you so much… this means the world to me coming from you! You made Ariel magical for us’

The trailer first debuted at the D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend, with Variety reporting on Tuesday that the video amassed over 104 million global views.

By comparison, it amassed far more views than many other recent Disney live-action adaptation hits such as Cruella (68 million views), Beauty and the Beast (94 million views), Aladdin (74 million views) and Maleficent 2 (62 million views).

However, the trailer also made headlines for amassing over 2 million ‘dislikes,’ compared to the 865K likes.

Trailer: The trailer first debuted at the D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend, with Variety reporting on Tuesday that the video amassed over 104 million global views

Trailer: The trailer first debuted at the D23 Expo in Anaheim last weekend, with Variety reporting on Tuesday that the video amassed over 104 million global views

Dislikes: However, the trailer also made headlines for amassing over 2 million 'dislikes,' compared to the 865K likes

Dislikes: However, the trailer also made headlines for amassing over 2 million ‘dislikes,’ compared to the 865K likes

The massive number of dislikes has now broken the record of dislikes for a major studio film, surpassing the 1.6 million dislikes for 2016’s Ghostbusters trailer.

Aside from Benson, Bailey got support from other celebs like Zendaya, Halle Berry, Keke Palmer, Ben Platt, Nicki Minaj and Amanda Gorman after the trailer dropped.

The film, which also stars Jonah Hauer-King, Art Malik, Noma Dumezweni, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy, with Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina in voice roles, hitss theaters on May 26, 2023. 

Support: Aside from Benson, Bailey got support from other celebs like Zendaya, Halle Berry, Keke Palmer, Ben Platt, Nicki Minaj and Amanda Gorman after the trailer dropped

Support: Aside from Benson, Bailey got support from other celebs like Zendaya, Halle Berry, Keke Palmer, Ben Platt, Nicki Minaj and Amanda Gorman after the trailer dropped

Release: The film, which also stars Jonah Hauer-King, Art Malik, Noma Dumezweni, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy, with Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina in voice roles, hitss theaters on May 26, 2023

Release: The film, which also stars Jonah Hauer-King, Art Malik, Noma Dumezweni, Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy, with Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina in voice roles, hitss theaters on May 26, 2023

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