People are bothered by Ariel being portrayed by Asian-American actor in 'The Little Mermaid'

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  • Japanese born Diana Huey has been criticized by some for her portrayal of Ariel in the touring production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Before her Nashville show, she made the mistake of reading online criticism. Huey said about it: "It's hard not to take it personally. I had kind of a funky first part of the show and I was like, how do I get out of this? I can't let that affect me."

  • The tour started in November of last year in Seattle, but the negative feedback intensified once they entered the south. Huey adds: "A lot has changed since this (presidential) election. People are allowed to speak their minds now."

  • Why did director Glenn Casale cast Diana Huey in the role? "She was a good actress, she was the right age, she sings it like nobody else. We probably saw 50 Ariels, and Diana really sang it the best."

  • Not everyone is negative of course. One mother with an adopted daughter, who is Asian, pulled Huey aside and told her, "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."


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