A theatrical trailer for The Little Mermaid triggered backlash after the movie’s main character, Ariel, appeared to be covered head to toe in what appeared to be a burqa.
Some welcomed the more inclusive take on the amphibious Disney character, as it provides rare visibility for an otherwise marginalized community.
“We need to be seen,” said Hasan Tulaiba as he maneuvered his phone around to somehow look under the mermaid’s black cloth covering.
“What better way than a Muslim fishy thingy, covering up her… you know… mermaid boobies.”
Another scene from the preview showed a glimpse of a frustrated Sebastian struggling to untangle a beaded tasbeeh from his pinchers.
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