Man in blackface mocking ‘The Little Mermaid’ identified as Indonesian star’s sibling

  • Jossi Marchelli, the brother of popular Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, has been banned from TikTok for posting a video in blackface mocking Halle Bailey, the star of the upcoming live-action adaptation of  “The Little Mermaid.”
  • The now-deleted video shows Marchelli sitting in front of a TV with his back to the camera. When the film’s trailer shows Bailey onscreen, the man turns around with his darkened face to talk to the camera.
  • “Mommy, she looks just like me,” he says in a mocking tone.
  • Marchelli’s video gained attention after popular TikToker Aunt Karen, who is known for calling out users of the social media platform, criticized his actions. She also discovered that he used to study at Chicago’s Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
  • Aunt Karen's most recent TikTok video about Marchelli has garnered over 2.2 million views and 383,000 likes so far.

The man in blackface who posted a TikTok video mocking “The Little Mermaid” star Halle Bailey has been identified as a former law student and the sibling of an Indonesian star with over 3.5 million followers on Instagram.

Jossi Marchelli, the brother of Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, stirred controversy on TikTok after popular TikToker Aunt Karen shared his video earlier this week.

@auntkaren0 #stitch with @jossmarchell #tdwhbwwh #disney #blacktiktok ♬ original sound – Auntkaren0

In her first video about Marchelli, Aunt Karen directed her more than 1.6 million followers to his now-deleted TikTok account, where he said he would not be taking down the controversial video.

Just woke up and my video is still up,” Marchelli reportedly commented on his now-deleted post. “I will continue to follow the rules on TikTok Community Guidlines. Create content from existing rules. I will not delete the video myself.”

The video in question shows Marchelli parodying Black girls who watch the trailer of “The Little Mermaid” and show their excitement after seeing that the film’s protagonist Ariel is being played by a Black woman.

@victoriaalxndr Black people deserve to see themselves in fairytales 🤎 These beautiful little Black and brown girls are giving me all the life this week #TheLittleMermaid #ariel #BlackTikTok #RepresentationMatters ♬ original sound – Victoria Alexander

In Marchelli’s now-deleted video, he can be seen sitting in front of a TV. When the film’s trailer shows Bailey onscreen, the man in blackface turns around to talk to the camera.

“Mommy, she looks just like me,” he says in a mocking tone.

After some digging, Aunt Karen discovered that Marchelli — who is now banned from TikTok — is the brother of Septriasa. She also found out that he used to study at Chicago’s Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

@auntkaren0Where’d you go? I just wanted to talk.🤭♬ original sound – Auntkaren0

Several users quickly tagged the university online, prompting Hari Osofsky, the Pritzker School of Law’s dean, to issue a statement to denounce Marcehlli’s video and to inform the public that he is not a current student there.

We have learned of a racist video that is circulating on social media,” Osofsky wrote. “Based on our investigation, we have confirmed that the person who made this video is not a current student, but someone with a similar name appears to be a former student at the Law School.”

The views expressed in the video in question are abhorrent and disgusting,” she continued. “The University’s and Law School’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is unwavering. We strongly denounce the video.”

In her most recent TikTok video about Marchelli, which has garnered over 2.2 million views and 383,000 likes so far, Aunt Karen included some of the replies Septriasa wrote on Instagram, including one where the Indonesian actor addressed the TikToker directly, writing, “My brother already take [sic] down his postings on TikTok. I hope this act could stop, from you as well.”

@auntkaren0 #tdwhbwwh #LikeAMonarch #indonesia ♬ original sound – ella

Aunt Karen also claimed in another video that Marchelli’s family does not “even want anything to do with him.”

@auntkaren0 Replying to @auntkaren0 @King GoofyHunter1906 #greenscreen #racist #karen #tdwhbwwh ♬ original sound – Auntkaren0

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