Man criticized on TikTok for wearing blackface to make fun of The Little Mermaid

Man criticized on TikTok for wearing blackface to make fun of The Little Mermaid


Joss Marchell is coming under fire online after he posted a video of himself in blackface to mock reactions to Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

As if the whole debate about racism surrounding Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid wasn’t ridiculous enough, an Indonesian TikTok user came in and thought it would be hilarious to paint blackface amidst the controversy.

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little mermaid controversy

Over the past day, several black TikTok users posted their shocked reactions to a video of an Indonesian man in blackface.

In his hurtful clip, the man sits in front of the TV with his back to us, while the caption reads: “My daughter’s reaction to the Little Mermaid trailer.”


When Ariel, played by Halle Bailey, appears on screen, the man turns to face the camera, his face covered by what appears to be a black mask. He then yells, “Mommy! She looks like me! ” before donning a red wig.

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The Little Mermaid Trailer

It appears that the Indonesian TikTok user has been flagged for violating the platform’s community guidelines, as his account was temporarily inaccessible today.

However, as of the publication of this article, his account is back but the racist video has been removed.

While it’s disheartening that he chose to enter the Little Mermaid discussion in the most despicable way imaginable, it’s probably not surprising given that racism, while not often talked about in Indonesia, is still a problem in the country.

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Check out a screenshot of the video, below:


and the fact that 1000 people saw that video and LIKED it? what is life more 😭😭😭 #blacktiktok #racism #racists #hallebailey #thelittlemermaid #ariel #thelittlemermaid2023

♬ original sound – kamsi

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