Ariel the mermaid just pounded real-life Aladdin into submission — or, more accurately, her fans did … this after the dude juxtaposed his flick with hers, which pissed a lot of people off.
Mena Massoud — who played everyone’s favorite street rat in the 2019 live-action adaptation — just scrubbed his Twitter account due to a mountain of backlash he received Saturday for chiming in on the future box office prospects of Halle Bailey’s new ‘Little Mermaid’ movie.
‘THE LITTLE MERMAID’ is tracking to earn $115M on its domestic box office opening weekend.
In comparison, ‘ALADDIN’ earned $112M on its opening. pic.twitter.com/vpIoYcYcQ2
— The Hollywood Handle (@hollywoodhandle) May 12, 2023
He was responding to an account that was reporting on how much ‘TLM’ was slated to make in its opening weekend — about $115M, which it then compared to the $112M ‘Aladdin’ made in its opening weekend run. Mena had some thoughts on that … some took it as shade.
MM wrote, “Our film was unique in that audiences went to watch it multiple times. It’s the only way we reached the billion dollar mark with our opening.” ‘Aladdin’ went on to make $1.054 bil internationally … and its initial box office numbers were considered a big win.
Then came a remark that got Mena attacked. He followed up and said, “My guess is TLM doesn’t cross the billion mark but will undoubtedly get a sequel.” Unclear if he followed that up with any clarification on what he meant — but this alone got Halle fans up in arms.
You can hop into the “Aladdin” trend yourself and see what they’re saying … but basically, the reaction wasn’t good. Some felt Mena’s comment here was a cheap shot and suggesting ‘Little Mermaid’ wasn’t actually worthy of any future success, including a possible sequel.
Others are also saying that Mena sounds a little salty over the fact that he hasn’t been cast in much post-‘Aladdin’ — and that he’s still hung up on the criticism that movie received … and there was a lot. Bottom line … he was getting dragged through the coals over this.
As a result, Mena appears to have deleted his account. The OG Twitter comment is gone, and his page is inaccessible now … so it seems the discourse may have gotten to him.
Part of the reason for this fierce response to his apparent slight might have to do with the fact that ‘TLM’ has been in the crosshairs of haters from day one … ever since they announced Halle, a Black woman, would be cast — which got a ton of flak in and of itself.
People are coalescing around this movie and hoping it does numbers, because of the larger implications — namely, more POC getting cast in iconic roles … and a shift in Hollywood.
What this Mena saga proves … anyone who’s perceived as taking a shot at it just for the hell of it can and will get the digital smoke. ‘Mermaid’ defenders are out in force right now.