Many readers were appalled to see the hatred directed toward Diana Huey, the Japanese American cast as Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" for the touring Disney production.
The News' Colin Dabkowski interviewed Huey before the production hits Shea's Performing Arts Center, at 646 Main St., from Aug. 15-20, and Huey's honesty about the racism she's faced - her opponents believe only white women should play Ariel - quickly circulated the internet.
Below is a collection of Twitter and Facebook responses to the article, including support from Bebe Neuwirth, who's played roles on "Cheers" and "Frasier":
I feel very humbled reading this article. It started out as just a regular phone interview about The Little Mermaid -...
(Click the comment bubble to see the responses to Huey's Facebook post)
I stand with you Ms. Huey. Keep on doing your beautiful work, giving your beautiful performances!🙏🏻
— Bebe Neuwirth (@BebeNeuwirth) August 13, 2017
How audiences assert white supremacy: by crying foul when a show is non-traditionally cast but defending whitewashing w/ "it's about talent" https://t.co/xpiDs7YP9o
— Diep Tran (@diepthought) August 13, 2017
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) August 13, 2017
Ariel was a mermaid, I didn't know mermaids were European, or, you know, human. https://t.co/uNT2KYfu0s
— Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) August 14, 2017
A story about a mermaid who grows legs.If you thinking having an Asian star in the lead is the most unrealistic part, the issue is you😒
— Emily Brigid (@stevo_em) August 13, 2017
It is appalling that @DianaHuey should have to deal with this. But truly inspiring that she is still positively impacting young people.
— Natalie Neckyfarow (@NNeckyfarow) August 13, 2017
1) 👏🏼👏🏼 2) how does anyone know (or care) whether a mermaid is white, Asian, or...mermaidy?!?!
— (((Jessie Losch)))❄️ (@JessieLosch) August 13, 2017
True Disney fans know that the most important thing about Ariel is her voice, and Huey's got it, GOOD GOLLY!
— Talon David (@TalonDa6520) August 14, 2017
Saw her this spring and the only thing I was thinking was "Wow, her voice is incredible!" Some people have ridiculous insecurities.
— Ivy (@emeraldsandivy) August 13, 2017
When did being white become a key part of ariels character development?
— Hailey (@broadwaywanab) August 13, 2017
"1. Can she sing? 2. Can she dance? 3. It's a friggin' mermaid." - EXACTLY. What is wrong with these people? We need diversity in theatre!
— Regina (@_purplexed) August 13, 2017
I disliked the touring production of The Little Mermaid, but it certainly wasn't because Ariel was Asian. Diana Huey was a REALLY GOOD ARIEL https://t.co/TXSp8DnaMp
— hopeless romantic (@tornadopuppy) August 14, 2017
People objecting to a non-white Ariel in Little Mermaid. She's playing a freakin' mermaid people! It's a mythical creature. https://t.co/mF2kawBFVi
— Zach Wolfe (@zachwolfelaw) August 13, 2017
When I was in Little Mermaid, our Ariel was also asian and knocked the role out of the park. No one deserves this treatment. Disgusting. https://t.co/FYJIb3Jfu2
— Megan McCarthy (@ms_meganriley) August 13, 2017
friendly reminder that ariel is a freaking mermaid and therefore race shouldn't matter https://t.co/2U2LzEzh4l
— mary ♬ // new @ !! (@thenorthstrand) August 13, 2017
People are so rude. The director said that she was the best. You always want to cast the best person for the role regardless of race...
— Megan Hicks (@MDHicks03) August 13, 2017
This is ridiculous, mermaids don't even exist, why does it matter what nationality they are?
— dani? dani (@dani_nicole308) August 14, 2017
@DianaHuey People are outraged that an Asian is playing Ariel, yet they're missing the bigger picture - WHY DIDNT THEY CAST A REAL MERMAID😡
— Ericka Posadas (@ericka_posadas_) August 14, 2017