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1654, 02 Mar 20

Chinese General Dismissed by Disney

I thought that art was supposed to be brave and challenge orthodoxy?

In the 1998 animated original, based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, General Li Shang developed a bond with Mulan’s male warrior alter-ego Ping.

After her true identity was revealed, she and Li Shang have dinner together.

Given recent revelations in Hollywood, however, producer Jason Reed confirmed they were uncomfortable with the power dynamics in their relationship.

“I think 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,” Reed told Collider.

“We split Li Shang into two characters [for the remake]. One became Commander Tung, who serves as her surrogate father and mentor in the course of the movie. The other is Honghui who is [Mulan’s] equal in the squad.”


1654, 02 March 2020


  1. jjf

    Go on, Owen.  Run with it.  Tell us where the orthodoxy is, and how it should be challenged.  Tell us how art should be brave and challenge us.  Tell us why you liked the Li Shang character in the original 1998 retelling of the original poem.  Go on, and tell us why Mushu was an important addition to the legend in 1998.  Tell us why #MeToo matters, or not.

  2. Mar

    jjf, the #meto matters very little now. To many false accusations, to many perceived wrongs when it was just innocent banter. To many pussy hat wearing morons. To many real sexual harassment cases not believed because of the to many false accusations.
    It was just another liberal bad idea.

  3. jjf

    Right, Mar.  Trump was just joking, just using locker room bragging, right?  He never really did any of that stuff.

  4. Mar

    Jjf, you have any evidence he did committed a sexual assault?

  5. jjf

    Mar, all we’ve got are his own words, and the words of the women in the pageant dressing rooms, and then there’s all the women who have taken him to court.

  6. Mar

    Sucks to be you, jjf, that you have put your beliefs in strippers, Michael Avanetti and other low lifes.
    No wonder liberals have some kind of mental illness.

  7. jjf

    Yeah, Mar, Trump sure doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’d do all that, does he.

    Once upon a time conservatives admired the honest and simple businessman and looked down on the chiseler, the bankrupter, the evader, the glad-hander.

  8. Mar

    Well, jjf, people change with age and get wiser.
    Too bad you haven’t.

  9. jjf

    Mar, show me how Trump has gotten wiser.  He’s actively a bully and you can see it every day in his tweets.  You think he’s stopped…  doing what?

  10. jjf

    And darn, I thought we were going to be able to start talking about how Li Shang is the greatest bisexual icon in all of cartoon-dom.

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