Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “Mulan” hasn’t even gone into production, yet it’s already generating controversy after a spec script was leaked online.
According to CNN, the script wound up in the hands of an anonymous person who posted a lengthy diatribe on the website Angry Asian Man, blasting the script for tweaking the storyline; instead of focusing on Mulan’s journey to protect her family, the retelling introduces a white European sailor (who didn’t exist in the animated feature) as a love interest for the plucky Chinese heroine, replacing the Asian warrior who falls for Mulan in the original.
To make matters worse, the remake finds this white character rescuing Mulan, leading critics to bash the idea that the iconic Chinese folk hero would need a white man as her saviour.
After a petition was started urging Disney to not whitewash the story, the hashtag #MakeMulanRight began trending when Asian actor Joel de la Fuente (who has appeared in such films as “The Happening”) took to Twitter to claim firsthand knowledge that the leaked script was the real deal. “I can back you up on what you’re saying,” he tweeted. “I confirm everything you say about that draft.”
So far, the petition has already garnered more than 15,000 signatures.