As a result of the recent launch of the trailer for the little mermaid, a controversy has arisen between supporters and detractors, as is the case with all issues that favor inclusion.
The issue of inclusion could not be considered a recent trend in the film industry if we remember series like Star Trek and others in which the cast included actors of various ethnic groups.
The truth is that the reaction of the black girls who have seen the trailer represented by Haley Berry, which film will be officially staged in 2023, and their parents show that Disney is right once again. Today it is imperative to create awareness about the social integration of those who present differences in terms of their skin color, beliefs, and particular situations in their physical or cognitive abilities. Thus values such as acceptance and social integration are generated.
Taking into account the report prepared by the Spanish group CIMA (Association of women filmmakers and audiovisual media), the group of ‘managers-script-production’ with the presence of women is 8%, compared to 92% of men. However, the lead role in television series tends to be equality between men and women, although more than 80% of the roles for women are based on a stereotype of “femininity”
This is how the Academy currently proposes various requirements for Oscar nominations that must be taken into account by the writers and the production, since the main story must focus on an underrepresented group, they must include at least one main or relevant character that is a member of a racial or ethnic minority, minimum 30% of roles assigned to two underrepresented groups, which applies equally to the production team and creative team.
What are the so-called underrepresented groups? women, racial or ethnic minorities, LGTBIQ+ people, deaf people, or people with physical or cognitive disabilities.
Claims for inclusion have also been generated from different areas: this is how in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton clearly showed his support for the #BlackLives Matter movement, which was joined by his colleagues Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris or George Russel and within the artistic world they did Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Jane Fonda, Miley Cyrus, Danna Paola, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Robbie Williams, Justin Bieber, Melanie Griffith, Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman, and Drew Barrymore.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated $200,000 to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
This is how the new version of Disney’s Little Mermaid invites reflection, and dialogues in educational, cultural, social, and family environments that instill approaches that new generations demand and need.