So to perhaps offset any possible controversy, the new version of Mulan will strip any possible gay or bisexual characters or subtext.
While fans are happy producers are looking to cast Asian actors in the lead roles, major news broke that angered many people.
Captain Li Shang, the original love interest from the 1998 cartoon, will not appear.
The handsome soldier, who sings for ‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’, is often considered Disney’s first bisexual hero.
Many suggest in fan theories that Shang shows a romantic interest in Ping, Mulan’s male alter ego. While he only makes his move on her once she is revealed to be a woman, some believe there is queer subtext.
Old China was far more tolerant towards homo- and bisexuality than Europe at the time, so the theory is definitely not implausible.
Which is why fans are up in arms over Li Shang being substituted for someone who’s effectively a straight version of himself.
Instead, the reboot will feature a new male lead, named Chen Honghui.
And from the casting call, shared by Daily Star journalist Jo-Anne Rowney, he sounds very similar to Li Shang, without the hints to him possibly being bi.
— Jo-Anne Rowney (@JoAnne_Rowney) March 19, 2017
’Strapping, cocky, and handsome, Honghui is another recruit who joins Commander Tung’s unit, and he’s determined to be the best soldier in human history,’ the casting call reads.
‘Full of himself, with a mean, bullying streak to him, he quickly realizes that Mulan is his chief rival, but he does not realize that she is a woman.
‘Grittily determined to be simply the best at everything, Honghui is increasingly peeved by Mulan’s ability to match or out-maneuver him.
‘But after learning that his rival is a woman, his intense feelings of rivalry turn into something very different, something like love.’
The only difference is Hongshui hates Mulan until he finds out she’s a woman.
Disney: look a gay character in beauty and the beast yay diversity
Also disney: won’t include Shang in their Mulan live-action movie
— 🍦 emery. (@aIucarrd) March 20, 2017
im mad that the new character hates mulan until he finds out she’s a woman. SHANG LOVED HER WHEN SHE WAS PING AND MULAN
— linda (@khmurk) March 20, 2017
I would just like to say that D*sney removing the bisexual context of Mulan for the live action remake is a result of Trumps America
— black history heaux (@localblactivist) March 19, 2017