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Q. Lewis, Everything has gotten more and more complex, politicized, and adversarial. I can’t even watch an old Disney film without politics pushing its way in. I’m speaking about The Disney Mulan live action film that was just released and the protests in Hong Kong. What’s going on here?

A. I know what you mean. Mulan 2020 has cause controversy that didn’t exist with animated Mulan back in 1998. The Mulan release date was changed a number of times but it is now in the theaters. The same songs are back in the Mulan remake, but now it seems that the main Mulan villain may not be the Huns in the film but rather the main Mulan actress. I’ll tell you more in a few minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Concerning your question. – Things have always been complex. It is just that people often take things that are meant to be simple and make them complicated, or complicate things more by ignoring the complexity of a situation and making it all worse by simplifying it. That’s the way of the world. In Harrison’s Applied Game Theory the solution is often to take one thing or complexity in a bite-sized piece, simplify it, and then address it through EEPPSA (effectiveness, efficiency, precision, productivity, and self-awareness).

The world is not black and white. There are subtleties to most things. In addition, everything that happens has a ripple effect that may influence what happens in the world (the Butterfly Effect).

Take Mulan for example. Yes, I’m talking about that lovely, 1998 American animated musical historical action-adventure film produced for Walt Disney Pictures.

 

Here’sThe Mulan Trailer 1998 Trailer:

 

 

Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a selfless, heroic, and deeply loyal young woman who in the end saves the day against the bad guys.

Mulan was well received by critics and the public who praised the animation, plot, characters (particularly the eponymous character), and musical score, and grossed over $304 million. It earned a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination and won several Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature. It even had Eddie Murphy, BD Wong (from M. Butterfly and Law and order), Donny Osmond, Harvey Fierstein, Pat Morita (from the Karate Kid), George Takei (from Star Trek) doing the voices. Asian, Black, and GLBT actors. Plenty of diversity.

So what’s the problem? What could go wrong? Plenty…that’s what.

Concerning the original film, Disney created it in part to smooth over relations with the Chinese government which had soured after the release of Kundun, a Disney-funded biography of the Dalai Lama that the Chinese government considered politically provocative. China had threatened to curtail business negotiations with Disney over that film. Ultimately the Chinese public generally disliked the film and it did not do well.

Of course, there was the video game a WindowsMacintosh, and PlayStation point-and-click adventure interactive storybook based on the film, Disney’s Animated Storybook: Mulan (titled Disney’s Story Studio: Mulan on PlayStation). The video game is said to have been more successful than the film was in China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now Walt Disney Pictures has given us this live-action adaptation of Mulan. Yes, the live-action remake of “Mulan” is now released — but some people won’t be watching.

 

This is why. According to a CNN report, Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are reigniting calls to boycott the film, and are now joined by activists in Thailand and Taiwan. The calls erupted last year when the film’s lead actress Liu Yifei expressed support for Hong Kong police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest.

“This film is released today. But because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan,” prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong tweeted on Friday.”

Yifei, a Chinese-born US citizen, waded into the conversation last year at the height of the protests in Hong Kong, which began as largely peaceful demonstrations and eventually morphed into frequent clashes between protesters and police.”

 

The members of the Mulan cast including Mushu Mulan have remained mum on the Hong Kong situation, but that won’t change much. Hong Kong is real trouble and what is now needed is a real Mulan for our times.

 

Whether we like it or not, we are living in a political world and we cannot hide from it. If you believe in making the world a better place you are going to need to get invovled. Sitting on the sidelines and being a spectator just won’t cut it.

 

Here is the full CNN article

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/entertainment/mulan-boycott-hong-kong-trnd/index.html

Bob Dylan wrote a song years ago, “Political World”, and what he says is true. If you want to survive and prosper in life please keep in mind that today more than ever the personal is political and the political is personal.

 

Here is a video of the song with part of the lyrics below

 

Political World

We live in a political world
Love don’t have any place
We’re living in times
Where men commit crimes
And crime don’t have any face

We live in a political world
Icicles hanging own
Wedding bells ring
And angels sing
And clouds cover up the ground

We live in a political world
Wisdom is thrown in jail
It rots in a cell
Is misguided as hell
Leaving no one to pick up the trail

We live in a political world
Where mercy walks the plank
Life is in mirrors
Death disappears
Up the steps to the nearest bank

We live in a political world
Courage is a thing of the past
Houses are haunted
Children unwanted
The next day could be your last

We live in a political world
The one we can see and feel
But there’s no one to check
It’s all a stacked deck
We all know for sure that it’s real

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