Following the recent trend of remaking Disney classics as live-action films, Disney has responded to Hollywood’s controversial casting practices by announcing an open global casting call for a Chinese actress to fill the role of Mulan in its 2018 remake of the animated picture.

Hollywood faces backlash for "whitewashing"

Hollywood studios have prompted outrage in repeated castings of white actors over their Asian counterparts for roles such as Chinese-Hawaiian Allison Ng in Cameron Crowe’s "Aloha,"the Ancient One in Marvel’s "Doctor Strange," and most recently, Tim Burton's choice of an all-white cast in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."

A petition that was started to fight back against Hollywood whitewashing has garnered over 107,000 signatures to date.

“The character, story, and fans deserve the best retelling of the story Disney can produce, and although the film was only announced March 30th,this disturbing trend of whitewashing in big-budget movies can't get a chance to take root in Mulan as well,” writes petition creator Natalie Molnar. Molnar comments that Disney can afford the “risk” of casting an actual Asian in the role of Mulan, and that not doing so negatively impacts Asian actors’ and children’s perception of themselves both within the acting world and in the larger community.

People of color hit walls when trying to land major roles in film and TV.

Even more scarce than using an Asian actor to fill an already Asian role is the casting of an Asian actor as a love interest or action hero. Fans took to Twitter to express anger when a leaked screenplay of the 2018 live-action "Mulan"apparently mentioned a “white merchant” as a male protagonist.

Today, Asians are still one of the only ethnic groups about which it is acceptable to make stereotype-based jokes on television.

One need not look further than Jesse Watters’ recent Chinatown segment on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor or Chris Rock’s play on the stereotype that Asians excel at math at the 2016 Academy Awards.

The 1998 original film cast Ming-Na Wen as the voice of Mulan, while BD Wong, Eddie Murphy, and Miguel Ferrer also voiced characters in the movie. Though cast members and the director have yet to be announced, husband and wife duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who co-wrote "Jurassic World" and the upcoming "Avatar 3" are on board to write the screenplay.

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