Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Little Mermaid’ makeup artist slams backlash
Renowned makeup artist Peter King has defended his work on Melissa McCarthy’s character Ursula in the recently released remake of “The Little Mermaid” after criticism that the movie didn’t hire a queer makeup artist. King, who won an Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” called the backlash “ridiculous” and “very offensive” in a recent interview with Insider. “Why can’t I do as good a job as a queer makeup artist?” he asked. “In the original movie, Ursula was notably modeled after drag legend Divine. The makeup looks King did on McCarthy are featured in the new film, which is out now.
Many “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni have dismissed the decision not to hire a queer makeup artist for Ursula. Despite this, King stressed that he did not need to have an “attachment to the nature of what they’re doing.” McCarthy herself said she researched drag queens extensively in preparation for her role, gushing that she was a “huge, huge fan of drag shows and the whole art of it and the entertainment of it”.
Who is Peter King?
Peter King is a renowned makeup artist, who won an Oscar for “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
What movie has Peter King worked on recently?
Peter King worked on the recently released remake of the Disney classic, “The Little Mermaid”.
Why has “The Little Mermaid” been criticized?
Many “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni criticized “The Little Mermaid” for not hiring a queer makeup artist for the villain Ursula.
Who defended their work on the makeup for Ursula?
Makeup artist Peter King defended his work on the makeup of Ursula.
Who plays Ursula in the new “Little Mermaid” movie?
Melissa McCarthy plays Ursula in the new “Little Mermaid” movie.
What did Melissa McCarthy say about researching for her role?
Melissa McCarthy said she researched drag queens extensively to prepare for her role as Ursula.
Backlash against Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Little Mermaid’ makeup artist criticized by professional.
Criticism has been levelled at the recently released Disney movie remake of “The Little Mermaid” for not employing a queer makeup artist for the character of Ursula. Many of the show’s former contestants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” have been vocal about their disappointment, prompting makeup artist Peter King to defend his work on the film’s star Melissa McCarthy. King, who won an Oscar for his work on “Darkest Hour”, dismissed the backlash as “ridiculous” and “very offensive” when speaking to Insider. In the original 1989 movie, Ursula was modelled on drag icon Divine. McCarthy herself has said she researched drag queens extensively for the role.