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Disney's 2020 live-action adaptation of their 1998 animated film Mulan sparked excitement and controversy. The 1998 animated film is a beloved Disney classic. While Disney intended the 2020 live-action remake to appeal to both American and Chinese audiences, the film incited a call for boycotts (#BoycottMulan) from human rights activists.

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Despite the film's large budget, all-Asian cast, and high expectations, people should not watch Disney's 2020 remake. The film potentially supports human rights violations against protesters in Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, China. The film also lacks Asian representation behind the camera.
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Despite an all-Asian cast, the live action Mulan production crew is all-White

The film received praise for having an all-Asian cast. Yet, the film's director, costume designer, screen writers, composer, cinematographer, editor, and casting director are all White, which reveals that Hollywood and Disney are not dedicated to increasing diversity in the film industry.

The Argument

The director, the screenwriters and the costume designer of the remake were not of Chinese descent leading audiences to express their frustration on social media where someone noted that “you cannot just plop Asian actors in front of a camera & call it a day!" These frustrations from the Asian community are understandable given the lack of parity in the industry, and it is bound to feel disappointing that even a movie which is supposed to represent your people does not provide Asian crew and creatives with the platform to showcase their talents and bring with them cultural authenticity. [1] Comments made by the creative team also show the lack of genuine representation. The costume designer, Bina Daigeler, said in an interview that her research for the job consisted of going to Europe and visiting “all the museums that had a Chinese department and then I traveled to China for three weeks.”

Counter arguments

Perfect representation is really hard to achieve and the issue of behind the scenes individuals is a greater Hollywood issue than one specifically with this movie particularly when you take into consideration all the valuable representation for young girls of Asian descent who rarely if ever, see relatable characters who look like them.

Proponents


Framing

Insufficient diligence was shown to the cultural sensitivities of the movie.

Premises

More meaningful representation was possible and cesseary

Rejecting the premises


References

  1. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/mulan-film-gets-backlash-lack-asian-talent-behind-camera-n1157801

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