AfroFuturism means embracing a African Diasporic view of imagination. The 2023 live-action remake of Disney's The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey, has been the target of a review bombing campaign on IMDb, a website where users can rate and review movies. As of May 31, 2023, the film has a user rating of 3.3 out of 10, with over 13,000 one-star reviews. The tragic and revolting “Culture Wars” are set on destroying all sense of possibility, community and humanity. There are a number of reasons why the film has been targeted by review bombers. Some people are upset that Bailey, a Black actress, was cast as Ariel. Others are unhappy with the film's changes to the original story, such as the fact that Ariel's father, King Triton, is played by a white actor. Still others are simply trolls who enjoy trying to ruin things for other people. IMDb has taken steps to address the review bombing, including weighting the ratings of users who have not rated many other films. Make sure you take the family and enjoy the newest addition to the Disney Princesses.
In case you are looking for more than just a cinematic experience why not join the Afro Mermaid Summit 2023. It’s in person coming up soon June 15th thru the 18th 2023 in Miami FL. A four day event for all water lovers where everyone can get a ticket to swim! A perfect safe space to swim, heal, connect, and have fun while letting loose, improving your skills and trying something new. Afro Mermaid, is also featured in the documentary MerPeople airing on Netflix
The documentary also features the Society of Fat Mermaids: a size inclusive society the shares and builds resources for plus size merfolk and mermaid enthusiasts. Afro MerPeople are a popular subject of art and literature today in 2023. They represent the beauty and strength of the African Diaspora, and they challenge traditional depictions of mermaids as being white and European. Afro MerPeople are a reminder that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Enjoy the waves this summer.