Video Of Melissa McCarthy Getting Her Ursula Makeup Applied Has Drag Fans Crying Foul
The forthcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is once again the center of outrage, but this time it's over something besides Halle Bailey playing the lead role—makeup.
Specifically, the character Ursula's makeup.
The role of the iconic sea witch is played by Melissa McCarthy in the remake, which comes out May 26, and drag fans are not feeling her character makeup at all.
As sneak peeks of the new film have begun to hit the internet, McCarthy's Ursula look has drag performers and fans of the art form crying foul given her makeup seems to be drag-inspired.
People feel it's not a worthy imitation.
Her transformation can be seen here:
\u201cMelissa McCarthy becomes... \ud83d\udd2e#Ursula\ud83d\udd2e\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
Ursula has long been controversial as her look in the original The Little Mermaid is widely known to have been inspired by drag legend Divine, whose most famous work was as a performer in John Waters' films in the 1970s and 1980s.
Divine was among the first drag artists to bring drag to a wider audience as Waters' films became cult favorites over the years. Given that Ursula is pulled from that legacy.
Divine's look was distinctive.
Many people thought Ursula should be played by an actual drag performer in the live-action remake, rather than McCarthy.
So the stage was already set for McCarthy's look to not win her any new fans among drag fans. But McCarthy's look is... well "crunchy" at best, to use a drag term.
It's asymmetrical, with one eye's shadow wider than the other, her wig appears to have come unattached from her hairline and her eyebrows... well, God only knows what was going on with those eyebrows.
Perhaps this was all a calculated choice to underline how off-kilter Ursula is, but if that was the case, it seems to have gone over everyone's head.
Because Twitter absolutely hates the look.
\u201cNow when we said Ursula was inspired by a drag queen we didn\u2019t mean one who had only been doing it for 3 months bc-\u201d— Sierra La Puerta (@Sierra La Puerta) 1684329942
\u201cWhen you lie on your resume and end up with the job.\u201d— Art Simone (@Art Simone) 1684383658
\u201c@DisneyStudios What in the \u201cI\u2019ve got my first ever gig at the dumpster behind target\u201d?!\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
\u201c@DisneyStudios This is insulting to Ginger Minj specifically\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
\u201c@DisneyStudios Respectfully\u2026. It\u2019s a no the make up .\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
\u201c@DisneyStudios Those eyebrows are a hate crime \ud83e\udd26\ud83c\udffd\u200d\u2642\ufe0f\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
\u201c@DisneyStudios casually googling the makeup artist so I can throw a Chancla at them\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
Some felt the look was disrespectful to Divine specifically.
\u201cdivine baby i\u2019m so sorry they did you dirty like this\u201d— alexa \u2728\ud83e\udd94 (@alexa \u2728\ud83e\udd94) 1684384726
\u201c@DisneyStudios This is so homophobic!!!! Divine baby I am so sorry\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
And others felt if Disney wasn't going to hire an actual drag queen to play Ursula, they should have at least hired one to do McCarthy's makeup.
\u201clisten if you\u2019re not gonna cast a drag queen for a role inspired by Divine at least have one on the makeup team, it\u2019s not really that deep but this is so embarrassing\u201d— miks \u2728 (@miks \u2728) 1684388401
\u201c@DisneyStudios You guys should habe hired a DRAG QUEEN for that makeup job\u201d— Walt Disney Studios (@Walt Disney Studios) 1684260001
Hopefully McCarthy's rendition of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is better than those eyebrows.