Anti-trans troll Matt Walsh says Black mermaids aren’t “scientific” in on-air meltdown

I guess it is not a stretch for a bigot to be a racist also.   Hugs

Anti-trans troll Matt Walsh says Black mermaids aren’t “scientific” in on-air meltdown
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Daily Wire host and columnist Matt Walsh has upped his profile as a notorious anti-LGBTQ troll in recent months, targeting transgender people with his film What Is a Woman? Now, he’s diving into the racist backlash against Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

And his argument against casting a Black actor in the film’s lead role is truly wild: he claims that it’s “scientific” for mermaids to be white.

On a recent episode of The Matt Walsh Show, the far-right commentator argued that it is unscientific for Halle Bailey to play beloved mermaid Ariel.

“Also, by the way, with The Little Mermaid, can we also just mention that, from a scientific perspective, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have someone with darker skin who lives deep in the ocean,” Walsh actually said on his show.

“I mean, if anything, not only should the Little Mermaid be pale, she should, actually, be translucent. If you look at deep sea creatures, they’re, like, translucent. They have no, kind of, pigmentation whatsoever. And they’re just, like, these horrifying — they look like skeletons floating around in the ocean. That’s what the Little Mermaid should look like. She should be totally pale and skeletal where you can see her skull through her face. And that would actually be a version of The Little Mermaid that I would watch.”

Setting aside how truly absurd it is to argue for a scientifically accurate depiction of a mythological half-fish person, several Twitter users have noted various deep-sea fish and aquatic mammals that have dark skin.

Predictably, in a subsequent tweet, Walsh attempted to cloak his racism in the guise of satire, claiming to have been misunderstood.

“I said Ariel should be played by someone with translucent skin like a real deep sea fish and thousands of Leftists took me seriously and are calling me racist because of it,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “I’m actually being accused of harboring racial favoritism for translucent people. I love it. This is great.”

Walsh’s laughable take is just the latest in the racist online commentary around Bailey being cast as the character. The backlash has led many families to post heartwarming videos of Black children seeing Bailey in the role for the first time to counter the vile racism with unbridled Black joy.

5 thoughts on “Anti-trans troll Matt Walsh says Black mermaids aren’t “scientific” in on-air meltdown

  1. Hasn’t science already been applied to mermaids, and wasn’t it determined that they don’t exist? Wasn’t there a whole embarrassing little brou-haha about faked video on National Geographic, and so forth? I have some memory of that. Also of a great TV show called “Raising Hope” that made fun of that “scandal.”
    Walsh is drowning, and should just admit he mispoke. Or something like that.

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    1. Hello Ali. A decade or so Ron and I went to an old former big roadside attraction in Florida that the locals were trying to bring back. It was Weeki Wachee and it has a fascinating history if you are interested. Long story short, a military diver in the 1950’s built an attraction out of a local spring he bought with an under the water auditorium where people could watch specially trained mermaids and mermen do special tricks. It was a big hit. But the government wanted the water, the spring. So they forced him out and took it. When Ron and I went the town was trying to bring it back and fighting to keep it. It had little of its former glory but it was well worth the day trip for us. I just went to their web site. Seems they were able to build it up a lot. I will include the link.

      About Matt Walsh and his bigotry. Yes he could claim to have misspoken but the truth is he didn’t, and his message was heard loud and clear by his racist bigots. He was clearly saying characters on shows loved by children must always be white. He is a racist. Do you remember when Megan Kelly insisted that Santa was white, and that was a fact. She was all authoritatively angry that anyone would think Santa was anything but pure white male. These racists must not be given any quarter anymore as they are trying hard to make their bigotry seem normal. Hugs

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      1. insisted that Santa was white — In fact, she’s correct if one believes that “Santa” is based on the story of St. Nicholas, “an early Christian bishop of Greek descent.”

        Much more on this can be found here . (Actually, it’s rather interesting reading.)

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        1. Hello Nan. Yes there is St. Nicholas, but even before him there were pagan myths of gift givers. It seems every culture had a myth that was similar to some type of supernatural gift giver.

          The modern Santa Claus is a direct descendent of England’s Father Christmas, who was not originally a gift-giver. However, Father Christmas and his other European variations are modern incarnations of old pagan ideas about spirits who traveled the sky in midwinter, Hutton said.

          I used serval other web pages and the quotes from them when I remembered that we had just talked about repeating the same thing over and over again. 😲🙄😀 So I deleted them in the interest of brevity. (I doubt I will remember to do that in the future) Hugs

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