In our day and age we seem to think that our society is, for the most part, very diverse. Everything from the workplace to schools and even our films are often portrayed as diverse both culturally and racially. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case. If we are to focus on the film industry for example, we find that their are often times when certain roles are not convincing enough to maintain the ambiance of the scene based on the actor or actress’ visual appearance or ability. This however isn’t a big deal if you find someone who fulfills one of these two vital roles, but there are often times when directors pick actors and actresses to fill the box office rather than accurately portray a character. Furthermore, there have been cases where there are perfect actors to fill roles but are not picked purely because of their race. An example comes from the recent news about a live action Mulan film produced by Disney. While in the early stages of development the media found that not only the main heroine in the film but many other lead roles would not be played by those of Asian descent. How? In what world did they think it would be okay to make a film about Chinese heritage and not include Chinese people. Continually, the director wanted to add a portion to the film that is not seen in the 1998 original version. This would include an older European (white male) love interest who inevitably saves Mulan’s homeland for her. This one instance in the very definition of whitewashing in America, rather than an accurate portrayal of the characters and plot it is changed to allow white people to fill the roles.
Personally, I was outraged because the original film, for some of my childhood friends the first time they could see themselves and be excited to share their heritage with others through the popularity of the film. And to take it away from today’s youth is criminal.