The debates continue around the new Disney live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, with this part of the saga involving a person on Twitter using AI to generate a whitewashed version of the new Ariel, who is played by a Black actress in the new film.
The now deleted Twitter thread can be seen in this commentary on it below.
People, obviously, were outraged by this new use of AI.
Many people fixated on the original tweet's sentence: "Note for Twitter: This is purely for educational purposes, please do not misinterpret this in a racist way."
Others commented on how the original tweets reflected a disturbing trend: the use of "woke" to denote, specifically, Black people.
This continues last week's discussion of the The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series.
Finally, there were those who are gleefully awaiting the response of Disney's notoriously hair-trigger legal department.
As a palate cleanser, we offer the following video.
As the original tweet has been taken down, we can guess that Disney's lawyers are on the case, but this whole thing does not inspire confidence in the future (mis)use of AI.