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A scientist who works on AI was called 'racist' for 'fixing' black Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid'

After an AI scientist 'whitewashed' actress Halle Bailey in 'The Little Mermaid' trailer, Twitter said that two users could no longer be part of their world.

Other users on the site have accused the AI guy of digitally replacing Bailey, who is black, with a fake white actress. Both of their accounts have been shut down.

The tweet went viral a few days after it was said that the trailer for the new Disney movie got over 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube from "racist" viewers who were upset that Ariel, who used to be white and have red hair, is now black.

Twitter user @TenGazillioinIQ took that a step further and "fixed" the clip by using AI to make the live-action fish woman white.

"Credits to our member Artificial Intelligence scientist @TenGazillioinIQ," the tweet, which was made by another user named @vandalibm, said, according to screenshots taken by DailyMail before the account was shut down.

Another user also saw the tweet early and took a screenshot of it to show how controversial the artist's work is.

In their own tweet, the promoter said, "He fixed The Little Mermaid and turned the woke actor into a ginger white girl." "He says he can fix the whole move in 24 hours and comes out with 4x A6000. "The end has come for wokecels."

Halle Bailey in "The Little Mermaid"
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” starring Halle Bailey, hits theaters on May 26, 2023.
Walt Disney Studios/YouTube
AI engineered white version of "The Little Mermaid"
The Twitter user credited with re-creating “The Littler Mermaid” trailer with a white actress has reportedly been suspended from the platform.
Twitter @TenGazillioinIQ

The user then posted a follow-up tweet, saying the alteration was “purely educational” and asked users and the social media platform to not “misinterpret this in a racist way.”

“I am just amazed by high-IQ friend who works with Artificial Intelligence and the stuff he can make, and wanted to show people his field of study,” they added.

Still, critics online swiftly scolded both accounts for their “racist” examples.

“This IS pretty educational,” one user rebuttled. “For instance, everyone on Twitter learned that @vandalibm and @TenGazillionIQ are racist while these two learned that this s—doesn’t fly on Twitter (at least as evidenced by their accounts being deleted/suspended). Learning is fun!”

“You know guys, you were kinda asking to be suspended at this point for basically whitewashing a real human being,” another user wrote.

“I’m not racist, I just ‘fixed’ a kid’s movie by changing the main character’s race. Totally not racist,” one person mocked the users.

“Don’t want the black face, but sure to keep the black singing voice. Says everything,” another noted of the scientist’s choice to keep Bailey’s voice from the trailer.

Walt Disney Studios put the trailer on its YouTube channel on Friday, and it quickly got millions of views. However, after getting 1.5 million thumbs-down in just two days, the company had to turn off the dislike button.

Meanwhile, videos of young Black kids realizing that the new mermaid looks like them are going viral on TikTok.

The Little Mermaid by Bailey will be shown in theaters on May 26, 2023.

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