Disney’s “Mulan” Plot Changed Because Of #MeToo Cancel Culture, Angering Fans
Disney’s live action remake of 1988 animated classic ‘Mulan’ has fans in an uproar when they found out that Li Shang, one of the central characters in the original movie, wouldn’t be making an appearance in the new film.
The producer; Jason Reed, said the decision to remove Li Shang had to do with the #MeToo movement. In the 1988 version, Shang is Mulan’s love interest and also her commander. Reed explained this dynamic didn’t sit well and the team behind the live animation, who decided to split him into to two different people.
He continued; “Particularly in the time of the #MeToo movement, having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn’t think it was appropriate…and we thought that in a lot of ways that it was sort of justifying behaviour of what we’re doing everything we can to get out of our industry. So we split Li Shang into two characters. One became Commander Tung who serves as her surrogate father and mentor in the movie. The other is Honghui, who is her equal in the squad.”
He did then go onto acknowledge the backlash online that ensued after the news of Shang’s removal; “So there’s a little backlash online when we weren’t casting a character named Li Shang. I was actually surprised but it made sense without fully understanding of what we were doing in the story.”
One female fan stated; “First of all, there wasn’t anything sexual or romantic between them until the very end where MULAN asked HIM to stay for dinner. Second of all, the #MeToo movement recognises consent as being the most important thing, not once does Shang force himself on her. Have they seen Mulan?”
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