Disney, give the people what they want and cast a drag queen or Lizzo as Ursula

'Lizzo is 100% that witch!'


Dominic-Madori Davis


Published Jun 29, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 9:37 am CDT

It’s another day, another live-action Disney remake. This time, The Little Mermaid is front and center.

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The internet has been rallying around the idea that Zendaya would play Ariel, while Lizzo would play the beloved sea witch villain, Ursula.

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Who would be cast in the film has been kept under wraps until Friday night, that is. Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks to play Ursula in the live-action film, it was announced.

People were less than impressed with the news and quickly fired back with alternatives to who they think should be considered for the role.

Many pointed out that the character Ursula was actually based on iconic drag queen Divine, so it only makes sense that a drag queen takes up the role.


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Lizzo also stepped on the scene, tweeting a sad emoji in response to the news.

Lizzo’s just trying to give the people what they want. In 2018, the rapper and flutist posted a video of herself as Ursula, giving legs to the idea.

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“I’M URSULA. PERIOD,” she wrote at the time.

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Celebrities even showed their support.

“Two words Ursula @lizzo There’s really no excuse,” Broadway star Cynthia Erivo tweeted.

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Your move, Disney.


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*First Published: Jun 29, 2019, 11:25 am CDT