Mulan vs. the Diversity-Mongers

By Michelle Malkin

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Mulan vs. the Diversity-Mongers
Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin

USA –   -(Ammoland.com)- Let's get down to business. The casting kerfuffle over Disney's live-action remake of the 1998 animated hit “Mulan” brings honor to none. It's a politically correct tempest in a Chinese teapot.

More than 90,000 angry activists have now signed a petition “to tell Disney that we demand to see them cast an Asian Mulan.”

The lead instigator, Michigan children's librarian Natalie Molnar, vented against the practice of “whitewashing” — that is, employing “white Caucasian actors and actresses in roles originally meant to be characters of color.”

Extreme racial and ethnic bean-counting is necessary, even in the remake of a cartoon, the petitioners argue, because “children benefit from finding themselves represented in fiction.”

Skin color-based casting entitlements and quotas: “for the children.” Of course.

Once again, privileged progressives demonstrate how arbitrary, capricious and ridiculous militant identity politics can be. Last year, Asian-American leftists attacked director Cameron Crowe for casting Emma Stone as a mixed-race character in the romantic comedy “Aloha.” It didn't matter whether Stone pulled off the role. The protesters were too busy administering racial and ethnic litmus tests for employment in the entertainment industry.

This year, grievance-mongers moaned about the casting of mixed-race actress Zoe Saldana as black jazz legend Nina Simone and white actress Scarlett Johansson as a Japanese Manga cartoon figure.

In social justice land, movie-making isn't about casting the most talented actors, regardless of race or ethnicity. Movie-making isn't about entertaining customers or making money. Nope.

Movie-making is a never-ending exercise in radical multiculturalism and identity apartheid.

The diversity cops maintain that only the right kind of mixed-race stars should play mixed-race characters. Only the right kind of black actresses should win black roles. And only Asians should be cast in “Mulan” to maintain ethnic realism.

But there's no rhyme, reason or logic in their demands for authenticity. Take “Mulan.” The original movie was riddled with historical inaccuracies. Based on the legend of teenage warrior Hua Mulan popularized in an ancient Chinese ballad, the heroine disguises herself as a man to take the place of her elderly father in battle — “to defeat the Huns,” as the song from the movie goes.

But the Huns were thousands of miles away sacking Rome and Western Europe. The “Huns” who attacked the legendary Mulan in 6th-century China were mostly likely related to the central Asian Xiongnu tribe in what became Mongolia, which warred with the Han dynasty in the 3rd century. Movie historian Alex von Tunzelmann notes “that was at least a couple [of] hundred of years before Mulan's time, and in any case the link between the Xiongnu and the Huns is in dispute.”

Unfortunately for social justice warriors, “Let's get down to business/to defeat the nomadic tribe that was possibly the Xiongnu in the region of Mongolia before it was known as Mongolia” just doesn't have the same ring as the Disney tune that's still stuck in my head after 18 years.

Weirdly, the Asian-American liberal entertainment lobby didn't have a problem with Filipina musical theater star/actress Lea Salonga singing Chinese Mulan's parts in the original movie. Which raises my still-unanswered question in these well-worn casting wars:

Why is it that the self-appointed Definers of racial and ethnic Authenticity get to pick and choose which historical inaccuracies and inconsistencies to protest or ignore?

Strangely, some of the minority actors and actresses in the “People of Color” tribe that the Demand-y Demanders want to cast in “Mulan” are as authentically Asian as Mulan's Eddie Murphy-voiced annoying dragon sidekick, Mu Shu.

Oliver S. Wang, an L.A.-based culture writer, tweeted that “The Rock” (Canadian-American actor Dwayne Johnson of Samoan and Black Nova Scotian heritage) should play the “Mongol villain.”

How do you say “Huh???” in Chinese?

Heidi Yeung, editor for a South China Morning Post-owned website, is pushing for Korean-American Daniel Dae Kim to play the villainous role of Shan Yu — in part because he has “almost identical cheekbones to the animated character.” Diversity!

Additionally, she wants Japanese-American George Takei to play the Chinese Emperor and another Korean American, Margaret Cho, to play the Chinese matchmaker.

So because the diversity-mongers' choices look more vaguely Asian-ish, never mind the vast differences between their nationalities and heritages, they trump other non-Asian actors and actresses who must all step aside and bow down to the gods of ethnic faux-thenticity.

If “whitewash” is the problem, why is fake yellow wash the solution?

About: Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” & “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild“. Her e-mail address is [email protected]

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    @TS, That is a complicated and twisted accusation. No wonder it took you twelve days to polish it. I think that your distorted comment says more about you than Ms Malkin (e.g. asians are self loathing. That is racist on its face.) If by neocons you mean the white people and conservatives that you previously mention, then white people and conservatives are like a pack of rabid wolves. That is also racist. You even insult the liberals that support wolves!

    TS
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    TS

    It is only complicated for you, Bill. Your post is semi-literate. No-one is calling all Asians self-loathing. Move on, you are out of your depth.

    TS
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    TS

    Another self-loathing Asian who wants to be white. Her shtick is to be ultra-conservative and always side with the white nationalist crowd, who build her up–only because she agrees with them. She make money out of it, so she is, in a way, whoring herself out. Michelle, you suck, and you are a rank hypocrite. Idris Elba for James Bond?

    Be careful though, Michelle. The second you do not agree with the neocons they will turn on you like a pack of rabid wolves, and, being the Asian pariah that you are, you will have nowhere to go.

    LiberalsRCommies
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    LiberalsRCommies

    Well now you know how us whites have felt for the last 30 years.

    Howard Fuller
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    Howard Fuller

    Beautiful, bright and conservative! How could you NOT love Michelle?

    chuck
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    chuck

    Funny how you never see whites complain about the replace of white characters in movies. Couple off the top is Thor and Fantastic Four.

    Bret
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    Bret

    And don’t forget they also wanted to change James Bond from a white Scot (as Ian Fleming created him as). to making Idris Elba the first black Bond

    Mick
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    Mick

    Face it people, Disney is one goofey company.

    Desertcelt
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    Desertcelt

    Give em hell Michelle!! You are one of the brightest lights of patriotic America!!

    2nd Amender
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    2nd Amender

    Disney is brainwashing American children. They plagiarize classics, to their own end.

    They have changed both world and American history in their subtle, but progressive/socialist/communist manner, more to influence than to entertain, for a long time now!

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    It’s about time the movie industry, where so many pseudo expert authority types dwell, begin to get the same kind of grief the rest of us have been subjected to for so long.

    Charlie Valenzuela
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    Charlie Valenzuela

    What goes around, comes around, eh?
    These are the same circus monkey entertainers and their side-show barkers who insist that that everyone else must diversify.
    They don’t seem so concerned about the quality of the performer when some non-party member is looking for the (actually) most qualified administrator or craftsman.
    Now that the shoe is on the other foot there is some whining from the uber-rich exhibitionist pseudo elitists.
    I’ll be sure to pin a rainbow on my sleeve to show my solidarity with their plight.

    HankB
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    Somehow I don’t think the diversity mongers would protest if an all-black actor were cast in the lead of a movie about Barack Hussein Obama’s life . . . despite the fact that his mother was white.

    If you don't laugh you'll cry
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    If you don't laugh you'll cry

    So the diversity mongers are kinda redneck apparently lol
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=d_CaZ4EAexQ

    steverino
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    steverino

    Ammoland! Gotta love it. Go Michelle!

    Rich Vail
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    Rich Vail

    I am offended that people are offended by offensive casting by a liberal movie making company…

    Rich Vail
    Dearbonistan, Michigan, USA

    Brendon Carr
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    Brendon Carr

    Wait until they find out it was Donny Osmond singing.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    “The lead instigator, Michigan children’s librarian Natalie Molnar, vented against the practice of “whitewashing” — that is, employing “white Caucasian actors…” Isn’t that racism against white people? God forbid the actor selection should be based the talent.

    marc disabled vet
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    marc disabled vet

    must be a hitlery supporter

    RonH
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    RonH

    It is obvious that Ms. Malkin has some Asian ethnicity in her heritage. Go to her website. She will talk about her education, work experiences, life experiences. Not one time does she mentions race or ethnicity. She is an American. Let a person be evaluated by based on their abilities. Job applications, resumes, and other forms should be devoid of race, age, and sex.

    Rich Vail
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    Rich Vail

    Teddy Roosevet (the good Roo) said it best more than a century ago: “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.” “This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and… Read more »

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    richard40

    Agree completely with the FDR quote. Of course this same quote would also totally condemn the birthers, who think there are two types of born citizens, depending on whether they had immigrant parents or were born overseas to an american parent.

    joe
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    joe

    Amen,You said it all

    john petty
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    john petty

    I like this woman.

    John Hauserman
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    John Hauserman

    Yep, the woman is a firecracker.