Back in 1998, Disney did the world a solid by inadvertently creating a hunky bisexual icon when they had Li Shang get the under-tunic-feels for Mulan, even though he thought she was a dude. With their planned live-action remake, Disney appears to be asking for take-backsies on the bisexuality because a casting call indicates that they are swapping out the character of Li Shang for some super straight dude named Chen Honghui.
Here’s the casting call that’s going out.
saddened to report it’s basically been confirmed that li shang will not be in the live-action mulan.
the mulan casting call has been confirmed to be accurate. donnie yen was cast as “commander tung,” who is in the description for “chen honghui.”
rest in peace bisexual icon. pic.twitter.com/7El8TDhJg5
— nerdy (@nerdyasians) April 16, 2018
The small print says that Chen is a bully who “grows increasingly peeved” as he identifies Mulan as his primary rival. But “after learning that his rival is a woman, his intense feelings of rivalry turn into something very different, something like love”. Ah yes, toxic masculinity. Just what we could all need a little more of in our lives. Chen sounds like a real tool. Li Shang didn’t need vaginal confirmation before catching feelings!
The live-action Mulan stars Yifei Liu as the title role, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jet Li as the emperor of China, and Gong Li as the new villain, a witch (a role that wasn’t in the animated movie). Niki Caro is directing.
Disney has been dancing around LBGTQ content for a while now but they keep balking. There was the promised “exclusively gay moment” from Beauty and The Beast which turned out to be no gayer than your average 2-for-1 wings night at any given Applebee’s, by which I mean, as gay as you want it to be. And there was talk of giving Elsa the Frozen Ice Queen a girlfriend in the planned sequel which, as far as we know, will remain just talk. They seem perfectly ok with fish fucking and cock castles but I guess they draw the line when it comes down to a man being attracted to another man who’s actually a woman.
It’s sad if Disney thinks they are butching up Mulan’s love interest by introducing this Chen character when Li Shang was already a thick, hot one anyone would be lucky to bang.
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T- to defeat the huns pic.twitter.com/nGa05jfbiM
— princess mizzy 🌹 (@hellomizzyy) February 5, 2018