Unless you’ve been living under the sea you’ll know about the nontroversy surrounding the ‘historical accuracy’ of The Little Mermaid universe.
In short, after the film’s trailer showed black actress Halle Bailey playing Ariel in the Disney classic’s live-action adaptation, comments crying woke wolf emerged online.
The protest appeared to reach a climax this week when The Little Mermaid trailer surpassed a whopping 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube.
Now, a Facebook group called Christians Against The Little Mermaid is making waves.
Christian’s Against The Little Mermaid was probably a Facebook troll
The history of the Facebook group is surprisingly complicated.
First there was the grammatically impaired Christian’s Against The Little Mermaid (Boycott Halle Bailey), which emerged in summer 2019 after Disney first announced it was casting Halle Bailey as Ariel in an upcoming live-action adaptation of the children’s classic.
Ostensibly concerned with the historical accuracy of mermaids, the apostrophe-confused group claimed to be protesting against the “liberal propaganda” responsible for “ruining” the Disney classic.
Despite its sizeable membership (more than 50,000 at one point), the group’s actual influence was viewed with skepticism at the time. Many think it may have been a troll group set up to stir outrage.
Indeed, a deep dive by journalist Hemant Mehta seemed to prove just that. Looking into the group’s history, which was publicly viewable, he discovered Christian’s Against The Little Mermaid had been around for a whole two years, well before Disney’s casting announcement. How could that be?
Apparently the group was created in July 2017 with a completely different title: Love, Compassion & Understanding. Then, in January 2019, the page became a Super Bowl protest group, then a Muhammad Ali memorial page, before turning into Christian’s Against The Little Mermaid on July 4, 2019.
The group’s founder didn’t even seem like a real person, using the Marvel-inspired name “Wade Wilson“.
Based on the group’s dubious history, it’s entirely possible some members joined in good faith when it was still focused on love and compassion. Only to forget about it and realize, two years later, they were now members of a Facebook group with racist overtones.
Boycott Halle Bailey part 2: Electric boogaloo
Three years later, Christians Against The Little Mermaid (without the errant apostrophe, thank God) are at it again.
The group currently has 8,600 members and its history reads like a desperate attempt at being edgy.
Christians Against The Little Mermaid was created in July 2020 as a Steven Seagal memorial page (even though the actor is still alive and well), then became Remembering Eric Carle in May 2021, had a short stint selling “Real High End Retro Games”, celebrated alleged would-be Capitol bomber Floyd Ray Roseberry, before upping the ante as a Will Smith’s Greatest Hits page the day Smith’s Oscars moment went viral.
This explains how, when people began noticing it last week, the group already had 8.6K members who all seemed on board with boycotting 19-year-old Halle Bailey for playing Ariel. For historical accuracy, of course.
Twitter reacts to Christians Against The Little Mermaid
Social media users started noticing the group shortly after The Little Mermaid casting controversy made headlines again in September 2022 and, this time, many were incensed. Users took to Twitter to complain about the Facebook group’s overtly racist posts.
Others made attempts at infiltrating the page – and were sometimes successful.
The Facebook’s second iteration appears to be as much of a troll as the first, though – and Twitter is no longer having it.