People Were Really Angry About Rumors That Mulan May Have A White Love InterestOctober 10, 2016
By now, we're sure you know that Disney's working on a live-action version of one of your all-time favorite animated classics, "Mulan." Rejoice!
People weren't so happy today, however, when news broke that Disney was allegedly toying with the idea of casting a white actor as Mulan's love interest (Li Shang in the original movie).
It all started Monday morning when somebody claiming to be an Asian-American film industry insider posted an open letter to Disney executives on Angry Asian Man.
The post began:
"A white merchant's business brings him to the heart of a legendary Asian conflict — he unwittingly helps save the day while winning the heart of the Asian female. Am I describing the plotline of the Netflix series Marco Polo? No. I'm describing the spec script that Disney bought for its live-action feature film, 'The Legend of Mulan,' which is projected for release in 2018."
People were furious and began speaking out online about changing and whitewashing the original story of Mulan.
We don't need a white man to save China in Mulan. That's what Mulan is for. That's literally her role. #MakeMulanRight— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) October 10, 2016
The hashtag #MakeMulanRight began trending on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Their pleas didn't go unanswered. According to Vulture, "a source close to the film" said, "The spec script was a jumping-off point for a new take on the story that draws from both the literary ballad of Mulan and Disney's 1998 animated film ... Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese."
Looks like Li Shang and Mulan can defeat the Huns after all.