Halle Bailey is about to be part of our big screen world.
The 19-year old -- who forms one half of the R&B duo Chloe X Halle, along with her sister -- has been cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.
Said director Rob Marshall of the decision to cast Bailey in the title role of the film, which is based entirely on the iconic 1989 Disney cartoon:
"After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance - plus a glorious singing voice - all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role."
Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are also also talks to star and lend their voices to the movie, which will begin production in 2020.
The Little Mermaid will be the latest Disney cartoon to be remade in this live-action fashion, following this spring's Aladdin and this summer's The Lion King.
So... that's it, right?
End of story and end of this latest piece of interesting movie news?
Because social media can be a terrible place, full of judgment A-Holes and racists in general, many people out there are aghast over Bailey's casting.
Because they thought it was Halle Berry who was cast as Ariel?
Actuallly, yes. This was an initial misunderstanding.
But the bigger uproar has centered around the fact that Bailey is African-American and the character of Ariel was not.
Of course, she as also a mermaid and Bailey is a human... but no one has really objected to this difference between the singer and the curious mermaid.
This person, for example, tried to use science to argue that Ariel simply had to be white:
There was also the use of the fake term "blackwashing," along with some attempts to reason that Ariel is Dutch and, therefore, well, you see...
We'll spare you the disgusting details of other, similar Tweets.
But know this: There's a Change.org petition, which we are NOT about to link to, that calls for Bailey to be fired there must be "justice for Ariel" and the petition signees aren't about to let "Disney ruin our childhood."
We don't even know what to say about people who actually get worked up over what ethnicity they think a cartoon ought to be when he or she is brought to life by an actual person.
Go outside? Take a nice, long walk? Try to re-evaluate every aspect of your life?
Because, seriously, you are 1. Mostly just being racist; and 2. Really need to direct this anger toward pretty much anything else of importance in the world.
The above Tweet is how Bailey herself reacted to the casting news.
Pretty awesome image, isn't it?
We're just gonna go ahead and leave it at that,
Jenelle Evans is not satisfied.
She's happy, yes.
But the disgraced former Teen Mom star has made clear in a new interview that she isn't about to just sit back and enjoy the time with her recently-reunited family...
... because one key member is missing.
On Wednesday evening, we were among the first outlets to report that Jenelle and her biogted husband, David Eason, had regained custody of Jenelle's two youngest kids and Eason's daughter from a previous relationship.
The trio of youngsters had been removed by Child Protection Services after Eason admitted to killing the family dog and a judeg decreed that the controversial couple was not maitaining a safe environment for its kids.
This took place on May 28 and Evans had spent the past few weeks in and out of court, fighting for the return of her kids.
We recapped yesterday's custody decision and the preceding scandal below:
"I am ecstatic to regain custody of my kids back!" Jenelle told E! News shortly after the judge reached his latest decision, adding last night:
"Through out this long process and final decision, I am excited to be moving forward and continuing to show America I'm a good parent."
This will likely take a lot of convincing, considering all America has seen Jenelle do and say over the years.
But Jenelle told Champion Daily after the hearing that the public has the wrong image of her and Eason, explaining that there's no proof out there at all that they're kids are being raised in any sort of dangerous home.
"[The judge] didn’t find any evidence against us of neglect or abuse of any sort,” Evans now says.
She went on to say that Ensley and Kaiser’s teachers described in court how the couple “were as parents for the past two years," that this helped paint a positive picture of the couple and:
“With everything that was presented as evidence, the judge found that CPS only had ‘hearsay.’ What CPS presented didn’t stand up to the definition of abuse or neglect.
"When the judge said her decision it was so ‘matter-of-fact’ tone and blunt that I was in shock but bursted out into tears immediately!”
As of 10 a.m. EST on July 4, Ensley and Kaiser were ordered to be returned to Jenelle's home in North Carolina.
What about nine-year old Jace, however?
He's been living with his grandmother (and Jenelle's mother) for a long time now; Barbara Evans is his legal guardian and Jenelle is only permitted to have supervised visits.
(She also recently called 911 to ask for a welfare check on the children living under her mom's roof.)
On a roll with the court now, however, Jenelle says she's determined to change this arrangement.
She noted last night that she’s focused on building a stronger relationship with Jace and is then “planning on getting full custody.”
Moreover, Jenelle and Eason are attending “parenting classes and substance assessments” in order to better themselves.
Earlier this year, MTV cut ties with Evans following the dog killing incident... but Evans says she is just ready to focus on the improving both herself and her reputation as a whole.
“I just want to be home with my kids and hear them arguing, hear ‘Mom, I want a snack,’ or hear ‘Goodnight, I love you,’” she told Champion Daily, concluding:
“I missed it so much and so glad to have that back.”
For the sake of these very young children, let's hope she means that.
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Heartbreaking news today from two members of the Duggar family.
In a lengthy and understandably emotional Instagram post, Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth have alerted fans to the following:
They’ve lost their baby.
Along with the photo above, this is what the couple wrote on its official social media page late Wednesday night:
Today marks one week since we heard these words…
“So this is your baby’s heart (pointing to the ultrasound screen). I don’t hear a heartbeat or see any movement.”
Duggar and Forsyth had announced they were expecting their second child back on May 1, joining a long line of loved ones who were pregnant and looking forward to welcoming a baby later this year.
“Our favorite math is addition and we are very excited to share that the Forsyth family is adding a member!” the Counting On stars said at the time, adding:
“Marriage and being a mom and dad to Gideon has already far exceeded our expectations.
“We are looking forward to loving another little one and seeing what special dynamic he or she brings to our family. Table for 4 sounds perfect!”
The couple is already parents to a boy named Gideon.
They got married in May of 2017 and Joy-Anna said this spring that she was due in 2019.
Tragically, however, this is no longer the case.
We had gone in for our 20-week ultrasound and gender reveal. It was a baby girl, they revealed in this new Instagram message, continuing as follows:
Although we don’t understand why, God has given us unexplainable peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Yes, it still hurts and we have cried countless tears, but we know that we can trust the Lord.
In the words of King David after the loss of his baby, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Sam 12:23).
We don’t grieve as those who have no hope because we trust that we will see this little one again.
One in four women suffer a miscarriage.
But it’s unusual for this to happen after five months of a pregnancy.
We truly cannot imagine what Joy-Anna, who had been excitedly showing off her baby bump, is feeling right now.
To conclude their post, she and Austin confirmed the name of their late daughter and wrote:
We named her Annabell Elise. Annabell means “God has favored me”, and Elise means “God satisfies”.
What a precious thing to know that when our daughter opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the face of Jesus.
Please pray for continued healing, not only physically but for our hearts as well.
Joy-Anna wrapped the post with this quote by Fanny Crosby:
All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my Guide? Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whatever befall me, Jesus doeth all things well, For I know, whatever befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.
The miscarriage comes less than a month after grandma Mary Duggar’s death, and it also comes while a numner of other Duggars are expecting.
Josh and Anna have announced a sixth child is on the way, while Joseph and Kendra are expecting … and so are Josiah and Lauren.
Cousin Amy Duggar is also pregnant with her first child.
All focus right now is on Joy-Anna and Austin, however.
“We were so sad to hear that Joy and Austin’s baby girl passed away mid-way through their pregnancy,” Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar wrote on Instagram in response to this news, adding:
“The pain of losing a child is unimaginable. Yet, for the one whose hope is in God, there is a peace that surpasses our finite understanding.
“We pray that God will comfort Joy and Austin and carry them through this difficult time.”
Wrote Jessa Seewald, who welcomed a daughter this past May:
“@AustinandJoyforsyth our hearts are breaking over your loss.
“Such beautiful words you’ve written in your post. Annabell will forever be in our hearts. We love you all and are praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time.”
And then Anna Duggar chimed in with her condolences:
“Austin and Joy we love you both so much and my heart aches for your loss, we look forward to meeting Annabel Elise one day in heaven!”
And this from Jeremy Vuolo:
“We love you and are praying for you. Your trust in the Lord throughout these days has inspired me to know God more intimately. I look forward to meeting Annabell Elise with you in heaven.
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson also experienced a miscarriage late last year, sharing the news with supporters in February.
We send our thoughts to Joy-Anna and Austin during this very difficult time.
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