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Should people boycott Disney’s live-action Mulan?

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.

No, people should watch Disney's live-action Mulan

The story of Mulan is an epic tale of courage, strength, and family honor. In addition, people should support stories that feature a strong woman lead and celebrate Asian representation in media.

We should support Asian representation in media

The 1998 Disney animated film holds a special place in the hearts of Asian Americans who were glad to see themselves represented on screen, even if they were not necessarily of Chinese descent. Mulan (2020) features an all-Chinese cast and tells a beloved Chinese story; we should support authentic storytelling.

Yes, people should #BoycottMulan

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.

The lead actor in Disney's live action Mulan supports Hong Kong police brutality

Liu Yifei, who plays Mulan, publicly posted her support for the Hong Kong police, who have been using force against the Anti-Extradition Bill protesters. Supporting the film means supporting anti-democracy and police brutality.

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.

Disney shot parts of live action Mulan in Xinjiang, China

At a time when China's Uyghur minority is being persecuted, the film does little to showcase its plight. Instead it arguably comes down on the side of the Chinese government.

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This page was last edited on Thursday, 24 Sep 2020 at 09:49 UTC