'Little Mermaid' Villain Ursula ‘100%’ Based on Drag

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | April 6, 2023
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If you didn’t think that Disney was out for your kids, here’s your reminder.

Disney’s latest live action movie, "The Little Mermaid," is set to release at the end of May, and this time the creators are harping heavily on leftist religion of wokeism to carry the plot. The antagonist, Ursula, is supposedly based heavily on drag queens.

Melissa McCarthy, who plays the role of Ursula in the 2023 film, sat down with Entertainment Weekly (EW) to talk about the role. Ursula, the original character from the classic animated version of the movie, was in fact inspired by drag queen Devine back when it was created. But, the new, live action reprise makes it even more obvious.

“There's a drag queen that lives in me. I'm always right on the verge of going full-time with her,” McCarthy told EW.

She said she “100 percent” used drag as her influence for the role under the sea. McCarthy also told Pink News that she’d relied on her moments isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic to, let's just say, drag out her inner drag…pun intended. 

“To keep the humour and the sadness and the edginess to Ursula is everything I want in a character – and, frankly, everything I want in a drag queen,” she said.

This isn’t the only issue with the newest rendition of "The Little Mermaid." Word broke that some of the lyrics in the original songs were too rapey.

Alan Menken, the original movie’s composer, insisted that rewording some phrases would ease “sensitive” people’s concerns. Most particularly referring to “Kiss the Girl."

"There are some lyric changes in 'Kiss the Girl' because people have gotten very sensitive about the idea that [Prince Eric] would, in any way, force himself on [Ariel]," he told Vanity Fair.

Related: What the Dinglehopper? Disney Alters 'Little Mermaid' Lyrics To Include Consent

Good heavens! There’s also changes to the song “Pour Unfortunate Souls,” as it supposedly “might make young girls somehow feel that they shouldn't speak out of turn, even though Ursula is clearly manipulating Ariel to give up her voice,” according to Menken.


Time will tell how the film actually turns out. Word on the street is that the reviews aren’t looking good. The first trailer has over one million dislikes on YouTube. And many people on Twitter were pissed because Ursula wasn’t played by an actual drag queen and that McCarthy’s makeup looked like it was from Party City. 

Time will tell how the finished product turns out. If you watch it, don’t bother letting me know.



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