Actress Melissa McCarthy Says Drag Queens ‘100 Percent’ Inspired Her Disney Role in ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy opened up about the role played by drag queens behind her portrayal of Ursula in Disney’s upcoming “The Little Mermaid” film.

The movie is set to release in theaters on Memorial Day weekend.

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

McCarthy said Ursula has “everything I want in a drag queen,” including her “sadness” and “edginess.”

McCarthy identifies herself as an outspoken ally for the drag performing community.

On social media, she wrote, “You’ve been entertained by drag queens your whole life. Don’t pretend it’s a problem now.”

For over 30 years, the character has been portrayed as a flamboyant, white-haired, purple-skinned sea witch.

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The post contained images of late actor Robin Williams from the 1993 comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Dustin Hoffman as in the 1982 Sydney Pollack film “Tootsie,” actor Jamie Farr dressed as Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger from the popular 1970s and 1980s military television series M*A*S*H, and an image of Bugs Bunny, among others, all of which dressed in drag for entertainment purposes.

The criticism closely followed the state of Tennessee’s infamous legislation barring adult performances from public spaces in The Volunteer State after Gov. Bill Lee, R., signed the bill into law last month.

Mixed reactions poured in on the post, with some slamming the star as “another woke celebrity” while others rushed to her defense and said that drag performances for children – particularly in the form of drag story time – is filled with “nothing but love, music and beautiful performers….”

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