It has just been announced today that Yara Shahidi is set to play Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action Peter Pan...
And, of course, opinions are divided.
via: GettyShahidi, who is known for playing Zoey in ABC’s Black-ish, is set to be Disney's first-ever black Tinkerbell.
Now, this is a huge step in the right direction for Disney...
via: GettyBecause, as most of you will be aware, the production giant has had a major issue with diversity.
It's no secret that Disney has been involved in multiple scandals...
via: ShutterstockBut their total lack of diversity over the years has certainly been one of the most publicized.
When it comes to Disney's movies, we have always been subjected to the same image...White characters, no matter if they are male or female.
In recent years, people have started calling out Disney for their blatant lack of ethnic diversity...
Disney is sooooo behind on diversity. It’s ridiculous. @Disney do better— Jordan Belton Brown (@Jordan Belton Brown)1601047980.0
In 2009, we were presented with our first-ever black Disney princess, Tiana...And since that significant foot in the door, we have slowly seen a more varied line-up. Disney characters are now coming in all different colors and ethnicities and, though we're not completely there yet, it's good to see the progress.
Last year, we even got a black Ariel.
via: Getty ImagesHalle Bailey took us on a journey into the deep blue as she became our modern-day Ariel, a first for a major Disney remake.
Though the news didn't sit well with everyone...
If I hear one more person bitching about Ariel being black, I’m going to scream. Imagine how bad Halle Bailey feels… https://t.co/sgdUpIUYsU— alex aldridge (@alex aldridge)1562416933.0
And a year later, the first-ever black live-action prince was announced.
via: Getty ImagesNiles Fitch portrays the role of Prince Tuma in Disney+'s series, Secret Society.
And now, for the latest installment in a more diverse Disney...
via: ShutterstockTinkerbell is getting a much-needed makeover.
As stated earlier, actress Yara Shahidi is set to portray Tinkerbell in Disney's live-action version of the children's tale, Peter Pan.
via: GettyDeadline reports that this is the first time a person of color has filled the role, which is typically played by a white actress.
Her portrayal of Tinkerbell is a major moment in representation for Black women.
via: GettyIn a Teen Vogue interview from 2016, the actress commented on Black women's and girls' lack of representation in popular culture and how she became “representation for myself" since she modeled for Mattel and Disney from a young age.
via: Getty“My family was cleaning up the garage, and I found these life-size cutouts of 6-year-old me as the black Tinkerbell, black Cinderella, you name it, which is hilarious. But being the black version of so many characters brought up problems. I was happy to be black, but at the same time there were moments of, ‘Why is this a separate collection?’"
In her new role, Shahidi will be joined by a star-studded cast...
via: GettyJude Law will be taking on the role of Captain Hook, while Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson are playing title characters.
Now, most people are very excited by the prospect of Shahidi pulling on Tinkerbell's iconic green dress...
@DiscussingFilm Yara Shahidi will make a great Tinkerbell https://t.co/vEWoqAt30a— ᴊᴇʟᴀ (@ᴊᴇʟᴀ)1601065668.0
yara shahidi as tinkerbell , just look !!! https://t.co/6NitGzVBCr— ema | women ⚢ (@ema | women ⚢)1601066842.0
the racists are going to be foaming at their mouths yhu. anyways, yara shahidi, our new tinkerbell 🤪✨🤍 https://t.co/iz0GUCsQzO— yt: agapé, like the love 🇷🇼 (@yt: agapé, like the love 🇷🇼)1601069151.0
Yara Shahidi as tinkerbell uh yes please sign me up i’ll watch it for her alone https://t.co/JKpdrJTGOC— erin²⁸ is listening (@erin²⁸ is listening)1601115558.0
Yara Shahidi as tinkerbell. If you can’t see it then your blind https://t.co/suAriMhcfJ— meg ✧ (@meg ✧)1601068511.0
However, others aren't too impressed.
A girl I went to high school with posted the article about Yara Shahidi getting casted as tinkerbell and said “she’… https://t.co/nMhtoWeUC2— Lucas Doss (@Lucas Doss)1601133789.0
You can't make this stuff up.
@THR @YaraShahidi But she is black and tinker bell is white— Samuel Lord (@Samuel Lord)1601110192.0
Luckily, the majority of Twitter users were on hand to correct these people.
Seeing ADULT white men complaining about Yara Shahidi playing Tinkerbell in the upcoming Live-Action Peter Pan movi… https://t.co/JwfPgoJZJG— Simon🏳️🌈 (@Simon🏳️🌈)1601115548.0
Black Tinkerbell is happening, and it is going to be nothing short of marvelous.
via: GettyThe movie has no release date as of yet but is expected to debut in theatres as opposed to Disney's online streaming service, Disney+. For more on diverse Disney princesses, keep scrolling to see the artist who reenvisioned Disney characters as "black urban royalty"...