A touring production of "The Little Mermaid" made things rough at sea over its casting of an Asian actress in the eponymous role.
And the question on most people's minds might be: Ariel is a mermaid. And she's a cartoon. Does it matter what color of scales you have?
Unfortunately, Japanese-born Diane Huey, who plays Ariel, was subject to spiteful comments on Facebook during a recent engagement in Memphis. Patrons were chafing at the discovery of their beloved character being portrayed by an Asian instead of a white actress.
She responded to the trolling on Facebook by sharing her thoughts on the controversy.
She started her post by elaborating on the challenges and responsibilities of being an actor. "It's never easy being up on a stage in front of thousands of people everyday baring your soul, pushing through exhaustion and just hoping that they'll like you," she said.
"When you are in a show, much less as a pinnacle character of it, there's a huge fear that if the audience doesn't like you or isn't with you, that you are doing them a disservice or ruining the show for them."