Man on TikTok Slammed for Wearing Blackface to Mock Reactions to Halle Bailey’s ‘Little Mermaid’
A man on TikTok who appears to be named Joss Marchell is getting slammed by the internet after he posted a video of himself wearing blackface to mock reactions toward Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid.
In his hurtful clip that went viral, he mocked the adorable, emotional reactions of young Black kids who are now seeing themselves in Ariel for the first time following the release of the upcoming live-action film's trailer.
In the since-deleted original video, he wore a black face mask and, with the trailer playing in the background, turned dramatically toward the camera to exclaim, "Mommy, she looks like me!"
Watch a screengrab of the video, below:
The TikToker, whose username is @jossmarchell, was promptly dragged online after his video went viral. His account has since been either deleted or banned.
While some have called the video a simple "mistake," others have created their own TikToks to explain why @jossmarchell's video was incredibly harmful and offensive.
"He took the time to set a camera angle, play a movie trailer, put this black stuff on his face, get a red wig and then imitate and mock little Black girls. That took time and effort. That was not a mistake. That was deliberate," one man said.
"Y'all anti-Blackness has been SHOWING ever since this movie was announced ... There is no explaining this behavior. It is racism and nothing else. It's so tiring," another TikTok user declared.
The TikToker also noted how the movie has been plagued by racist reactions ever since Disney unveiled the first teaser showing Bailey, a Black woman, as Ariel singing "Part of Your World."
After the trailer was released on Sept. 10, many people showed their true colors online by making racist remarks and exhibiting bigoted behavior toward the film.
Some have dismissed Bailey's portrayal of Ariel as "woke," flooding the video with 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube. According to The Guardian, some have even gone so far as to ridiculously claim a Black mermaid is "unscientific."
After @jossmarchell's video went viral, some users on TikTok to it upon themselves to identify the content creator offline in an attempt to alert his school and/or employer about his actions online.
In one response video, TikTok user @auntkaren0 allegedly discovered the man might be related to a popular Indonesian actress. She encouraged her followers to share the video with the man's alleged sister on Instagram by tagging her.
"You thought we were gonna let you slide after this?" @auntkaren0 said, sharing she found out the man is also "allegedly studying to be a lawyer."
Watch more reactions on TikTok, below: