Remember when Disney had a cute, disabled, poc mermaid?
When i was younger, one of my best friends was a deaf guyanese girl, and her fave princess was Ariel, mainly bc she related to her living without a voice (and her love of swimming)
When this episode aired, she cried and squawked and made sounds that were almost understandable… She saw herself as a mermaid, on tv, with her favourite character of all time
Representation matters, always, no matter what
Such a sad story. Gabriella is actually based on a 2 year old girl with leukemia who was Ariel’s biggest fan and even wrote to the show. After she died, they animated the character to make her look older so her parents would know what she would have looked like as a teenager. [article]