Halle Berry hilariously weighs the Little Mermaid’s confusion over Halle Bailey

Beloved Disney classics like Mulan, Cinderella, and Beauty & the Beast all came out decades ago, but that hasn’t stopped the platform from remaking its animated classics in recent years. And because Disney doesn’t do things by halves, the films have starred as Emma Watson (Belle), Beyoncé (the voice of Nala) and Lily James (Cinderella). While those casting decisions were largely welcomed — in particular, people felt that Watson made the perfect real-life Belle — nothing caused quite a stir like Disney’s announcement of the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid in 2019.

News that everyone’s favorite red-haired mermaid would be played by black actress Halle Bailey was met with backlash from fans who expected Ariel to be played by a white star, according to Variety. But to her credit, Bailey turned a blind eye to the critics. In the interview, she thanked her family for reminding them how impressive her portrayal of a black Disney princess would be. “It was an inspiring and beautiful thing to hear [my grandparents’] Words of encouragement that said to me, ‘You don’t understand what this is doing for us, for our community, and for all the little black and brown girls who will see themselves in you,'” she said.

Bailey’s portrayal of Ariel is another big step for representation, but it hasn’t stopped fans from mistaking her for another black star: Halle Berry. As it turns out, enough people miss the distinction between “Bailey” and “Berry” that the Monsters Ball star decided to speak out.

Here’s how Hally Berry reacts to Halle Bailey’s confusion

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Twitter is a chaotic place, and it’s not uncommon for users to mix up one another’s names. After the new trailer for The Little Mermaid circulated online, a user mistook Halle Bailey for Halle Berry. “Halle Berry is almost 60 and plays the role of a 16-year-old girl,” the person wrote in a since-deleted tweet (via Buzzfeed). “This is what happens when you upset a fandom.” Berry apparently saw the tweet because she posted her reaction: a meme of comedian Monique, who looks unimpressed.

To be fair to the original Twitter users, they’re not the only ones making this mistake. “HALLE BERRY IS ARIEL SUCK ON THAT,” tweeted another excited person, reposting Disney’s teaser trailer. Someone else poked fun at their own confusion, writing, “I’ve spent the last four hours thinking Halle Berry is the new Ariel and was very confused about the choice no I just can’t read.” In December 2021 Berry replied to another user who tweeted, “can’t wait to see you under the sea,” via Us Weekly, to which Berry replied, “Wrong hall lol.”

Despite the confusion on social media, Berry and others look forward to seeing Bailey swim into our hearts when the film releases on Disney+. From fans expressing what it means to see a black woman play their favorite Disney princess to those praising her singing chops, there has been an outpouring of support for the “grown-up” actor , and there will certainly be more to come.