Lizzo Proclaims She Should Portray The Little Mermaid’s Ursula ; Twitter Erupts With Debate

Last week, Disney announced that Melissa McCarthy was in talks to play the infamous sea witch, Ursula, in the highly anticipated live-action version of ‘The Little Mermaid.’ In response, singer Lizzo let it be known that she needs to be in the running as well, for a number of reasons.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Lizzo responded to the McCarthy news with a sad emoji face, then followed up with an old clip of herself dressed in full Ursula glam, singing a snippet of the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from the original movie. She tagged Disney with the caption, “I’M URSULA. PERIOD.”

While many Twitter users agreed, others refuted, highlighting the fact that Ursula’s character was inspired by the late drag queen icon Divine, whose real name was Harris Glenn Milstead. Although Divine was a white drag queen, a few argued that the drag queen lifestyle was originated by Black gays. However, according to reports, drag dates back to the 17th Century and Shakespeare.

But now, regardless of the character’s inspiration, many believe the forthcoming live-action film is the perfect opportunity to cast a black woman.

One Twitter user wrote, “You have one job #Disney don’t mess up Little Mermaid! Melissa McCarthy for Ursula? I’m sorry, but no. You can hire: A Drag Queen Queen Latifa Lizzo Keala Settle Tituss burgess” Another tweeted, “Ursula is a black woman or a drag queen, and that’s the facts. Justice for Lizzo!”

However, other movie fans felt the opposite, stating they never viewed Ursula as a black character. One user tweeted, “who watches #TheLittleMermaid and thinks Ursula is black?  are you guys insane ? #Ursula” Another Twitter user wrote, “1. Black people are legit begging to cast a villain as a Blk woman (Lizzo) when Blk women have yet to be cast as heroines. Why? WHY? Ursula was never Black. She was an older white woman from Louisiana with a husky voice. Ever heard of Lauren Bacall or Kathleen Turner? Like damn!”

What do you think? Who do you feel would be best cast as Ursula on the new live-action adaption of ‘The Little Mermaid’?

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