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?
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
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
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