Disney’s Worst Opening? ‘The Little Mermaid’ is Floundering in China


Before its debut on Friday, an online entertainment expert asserted that Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is having trouble garnering attention in communist China. The unnecessary live-action remake’s pre-sales started on Friday at the Chinese box office, but movie appears to be having a struggle to generate interest in what may be the largest market in the world.


Hollywood films are notoriously underrepresented in China’s cinemas, where patrons are pressured to instead pay for home-made “patriotic” communist propaganda extolling the virtues of the Chinese Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army.


Entertainment commentator Luis Fernando, well known for offering accurate box office reports and predictions, posted over the weekend that only around $4,000 in pre-sales were sold for The Little Mermaid Friday for the cinema schedule of May 25-28, which amounts to a disastrous opening next week if things don’t improve. Of course, the paid Disney bots and shills are blaming this on “racism”



Not that this Disney-NPC is off base. It’s fairly well known that odd decisions in Chinese advertisements for Hollywood movies have given rise to claims of anti-black bigotry. Most notably, in 2015, a poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was issued that placed the main character Finn, who is played by the black actor John Boyega, in the background of the picture. The Independent pointed out that on the Chinese billboard, the size of the Finn character was even less than that of the BB-8 droid.




As That Park Place reported, China took a similar strategy and opted to use an alternate poster for The Little Mermaid, obscuring her skin color by using a blue hue. 



They went even further for the Dune: Part One posters, eliminating black characters altogether. But anti-black sentiment in one country wouldn’t account for The Little Mermaid trailer accumulating 2.1 million “dislikes” on YouTube as of Friday afternoon, while the number of “likes” stands at just 328,000, according to a Google Chrome extension that unblocks the “dislikes” counter.



Which is what could have led the star to be feeling “micro-aggressions” towards normal questions from the international press. But Disney had to know that race-swapping one of their most popular animated characters was going to create challenges. Halle Bailey does not deserve this kind of pressure.




Set to debut in cinemas May 26, the live-action The Little Mermaid features an ethnically diverse cast, with actress Halle Bailey, who is black, in the title role and Melissa McCarthy, who is white, as Ursula, the sea witch.


Take a look at what former Disney associates Clownfish TV had to say about this report:


The Little Mermaid: WORST OPENING EVER in China for Disney Hollywood Release?!

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