A petition is going viral as fans urge Disney to cast an Asian actress for the role of Mulan in the upcoming live-action remake.Since, the petition started, over 90,000 people have signed. The petition creator Natalie Molnar aims to prevent a "whitewashed" version of Mulan. She points out movies like The Last Airbender, Pan and the upcoming Ghost in the Shell have all whitewashed the movie characters.
Children benefit from finding themselves represented in fiction, which is part of why campaigns such as #weneeddiversebooks are so vital. It also perpetuates a standard of beauty and goodness wherein whites are considered the ideal and norm despite that not only are Americans diverse, but the entire world is. As for the acting community, keeping diverse actors out of what should be diverse roles severely limits the number of roles they can get, especially a potentially name-making role such as Mulan's eponymous character would surely be.