After changing the storyline of the original classic, not including any original songs, and having no known Asian American actors involved, Disney has committed the most heinous crime of all — beloved character Li-Shang will NOT be in the 2020 live-adaptation of “Mulan.”
Twitter User @nerdyasians, known for keeping the twittersphere up to date on Asian American news, exposed the atrocity earlier today.
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
Li Shang, who’s been theorized as bisexual before, was a beloved character in the original 1998 animated film known for his hit song “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.” Shang plays Mulan’s superior in the army, who initially despises her for her incompetence, but grows to respect her after she works hard to earn her place. Eventually, the pair blossomed into an implied romance in the end when Mulan is revealed to be a woman.
However, in the new film, Li Shang will be replaced by Cheng Honghui, who plays Mulan’s arch nemisis, who falls for her after she is revealed to be a woman.
Naturally, people on Twitter are sounding off as we speak with their thoughts.
First they removed the music and now this??? Waiii?
— Gwen V (@GwenVoon) April 16, 2018
disney when they realized they accidentally made li shang bisexual by having him fall in love with mulan while he thought she was a boy and that there’s nothing they can say now to deny it or change that fact pic.twitter.com/FZWIYqDY8v
— gabi (@harleivy) April 12, 2018
wait, so it’s official now that the live action mulan won’t have bisexual icon li shang in it? i’m gonna throw some hands if they even think about switching this shit up to leave out the king. pic.twitter.com/Z9veWbJRH7
— trinnie 🇵🇭🇹🇭🇲🇾🇻🇳 (@mixielot) April 14, 2018
so in the live action mulan film, there’s a witch, a sister, no music, and no li shang…. pic.twitter.com/w3PuYMc5pV
— eleanor (@youresteve) April 16, 2018
i’m disgusted. disney is obviously still mad they accidentally made li shang bisexual, so they’re REMOVING ANY POSSIBILITY that “chen” is seen as bisexual. they make it clear he HATES mulan the whole time she’s presenting male. he bullies her up until he finds out she’s a woman. https://t.co/vsj5B9uDGp
— princess mizzy 🌹 (@hellomizzyy) April 16, 2018
Imagine not casting Lewis Tan as Li Shang pic.twitter.com/Sf40veR0VS
— Mikey, The Alchemist (@Mikey_Talks) April 12, 2018
No Li Shang, no music.
But we have a sister and a witch.
— c-drama tweets (@dramapotatoe) April 16, 2018
I just found out that the live action Mulan movie will not have Li Shang in it and I….. I’m devastated. Like how the hell are u gonna erase a whole central character. TF pic.twitter.com/yTCS4SM7aq
— Saroniyay (@Ethioclutz) April 12, 2018
As if I’m going to see live-action Mulan if there’s no Li Shang in it. As if. pic.twitter.com/kllzcguu6J
— Melinda Salisbury (@MESalisbury) April 16, 2018
Screw Disney for taking Li Shang out of Mulan. There is no excuse for that but homophobia. Who is gonna sing this, pray tell? pic.twitter.com/VN4deHLwOI
— TheFrightenedTatiana (@myrcellasear) April 16, 2018
NextShark has reached out to Disney for comment and will update accordingly.