Fans have been introduced to the whole new live-action world of Aladdin—and they’re not so happy about it.
Entertainment Weekly published first-look photos of the upcoming Disney remake, due out in theaters in May, on Wednesday. In the snaps, fans of the 1992 animated classic get to see Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as everyone’s favorite carpet-flying couple, Aladdin and Jasmine.
Topping off the trio, Will Smithappears in costume for the first time publicly as the beloved Genie. While their outfits are somewhat reminiscent of the characters’ iconic looks, fans have a lot to say about the revamped ensembles.
To start, there were a lot of concerns over the fact Smith was not blue.
So many, in fact, that the star soon addressed the issue on social media. “I’m gonna be BLUE!,” he responded to one fan on Instagram. “This is how the Genie is in Human/Disguise Form. My character will be CGI most of the movie.
There were also some questions about the Genie’s new ‘do for the film with some likening the style to Madonna’s iconic ’80s pony tail or Goro from Mortal Kombat.
We can show you the world… of Disney’s live-action #Aladdin! Get a shining, shimmering, splendid first look at the reimagined classic in our magical First Look issue: https://t.co/Kwkcdfen5v pic.twitter.com/7NbyiRRcLH
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2018
On Wednesday, the 48-year-old actor posted a throwback photo of the “Thank U, Next” singer on his social media. He captioned the picture, which shows Grande giving the peace sign, “Ariana Grande is 27 acts 12, you take off those boots she hides her legs in, the cat eye make up and the genie pony tale and I think there’s hotter women working the counter at Starbucks no disrespect to Starbucks.”
The post, which he shared on Instagram and Twitter, has since drawn much criticism from fellow social media users.
“You know I ride for you 10/10 times @MichaelRapaport but why are we shaming @ArianaGrande without makeup on?” @milktyson tweeted. “You have a loud voice and large reach don’t let this be a moment where young girls feel they need to be in costumes or full makeup to be beautiful.”
After seeing the backlash on social media, Rapaport tweeted, “When I talk vicioulsy about The Leader of the Free World aka Dick Stain Donald Trump or Tiki Torch Tough Guys in Virginia, I’m a Social Media HERO, but a joke about Ariana Grande is SHAMING. EAT Dwycks SnowFlakes.”
He later added, “I can say ANYTHING about Cockeyed Kellyanne, Laura Ingram,Melania,Ivanka or Candance Owens & you little Hipster Fake P–sy Power Hat Wearing MoFo’s get hype.Elation Talk shit about Arianna Grande & I hate Women? #Eat3Dwycks.”
Grande, 25, has yet to respond to the actor’s comments.
Amy Schumer is well aware of the hate she received after announcing her personal Super Bowl protest — but, despite the “cutting remarks,” she thinks she may have made a difference.
Schumer took to social media to comment on the reports that Maroon 5 can’t find other high-profile acts to perform with them during their halftime show on Feb. 3. “I have done 2 Super Bowl commercials in the last couple years,” she wrote, “and I’m so stupid thinking my opinion would matter right? Well guess what? I may have made a difference. No one is stepping up to perform.”
To her haters, she asked: “Would you do that to stand up for people of color? I may have made an impact.”
Schumer went on to call out “white sports writers” specifically for their “snide” comments after she announced that, in support of Colin Kaepernick, she won’t do a Super Bowl commercial. “You can write about sports and even be the best at it but what have you done to help the marginalized or under represented?” she asked. “I will continue to do everything I can. Even with all the snide little white sports writers making cutting remarks.”
She ended her post with a Gloria Steinem quote that said, “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke.”