DDG and Halle BaileyTheir adorable relationship has been billed as a ‘target couple’ on social media and the rapper recently defended his girlfriend amid the backlash she received for playing Ariel in ‘The Little. Mermaid.’
While catching up with Bootleg Kev, DDG defended Halle, and explained that everyone was attacking the character ‘Ariel’ and not Halley Bailey. He also said that the singer-actress does not let negative things come to her.
She is laughing it off. They will be a bit too difficult. But I feel like people are attacking the character rather than her personally. You know what I’m saying? I feel like she’s caught in a transverse wave because she’s playing this character. “
Because there can be no malice towards Halle. She’s too sweet and she really likes that. So if people really took the time to realize who was actually playing The Little Mermaid rather than just seeing her as black, they would realize they were playing trippin’. “
The conversation quickly turned to race relations and the realities of how black people were perceived in America nearly 200 years after slavery was abolished. The DDG seemed taken aback by the severity of the comments directed at Halle, and even joked about Martin Luther King’s role in freeing people of color.
Yeah, I didn’t know people were so racist. I do not know. I think this sh*t is gone already. Like, I think Martin Luther King canceled the event. “
Despite the negative reactions, children on TikTok expressed joy and excitement when they saw their reflection in Halle with the name ‘Ariel’.
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