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Why People Are Criticizing Disney's "Mulan"

People are taking issues with "Mulan" stars' political beliefs (or lack thereof) and the movie's apparent support of Uighur "re-education" camps.

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Mulan is a beloved animated Disney film, but its live-action adaptation has run into some real-world problems.

The 1998 animated Disney film, based on a Chinese folklore tale "The Ballad of Mulan," received the classic 2020 live-action remake treatment this year. But its rollout was plagued by problems from the start.

Originally meant to debut on March 27, 2020, the film's release was delayed three times due to COVID-19. Finally, the studio decided to roll out the film on September 8, 2020, bypassing movie theaters entirely in the US. Instead, it exclusively dropped on Disney+ in the US for a tall fee of $30. The film will become available to all Disney+ subscribers on December 4th. The film is also being released in some recently reopened theatres in Asia, and it's expected to bring in millions of dollars in China when it debuts this Friday.

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America Is the Fire Nation from “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

And Zuko's arc represents transformation from complicity to active allyship.

Zuko from Avatar

Addicted to an illusion of its own greatness. Motivated to violence by the belief that the rest of the world would benefit from colonization. Willing to go to war to achieve its goals.

These words could describe America. They could also describe the Fire Nation in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is a kids' show that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. It tells the story of a world of four nations, each with sovereignty over a specific element: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Throughout the show, we get to see the many ravages of the Fire Nation's 100-year war, which has devastated the environment, enraged the spirit world, and created thousands upon thousands of refugees.

The show begins in a world in which the Fire Nation has launched a massive war in an attempt to colonize the world. Most of the Earth and Water kingdoms have been overtaken, and the entire race of Air Nomads has been wiped out—all except one.

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Robert Pattinson Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

Pattinson began filming on "The Batman" two days ago.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson seemed to be having a moment during COVID-19.

He starred in a charming cover story for GQ that labeled him "The King of Quarantine." He wandered around with a camera and won the hearts of a generation of fans. He was cast as the starring player in Christopher Nolan's The Batman.

But even Batman couldn't combat 2020's arch nemesis: the global pandemic that has brought the world to its knees. On September 3rd, Vanity Fair reported that Pattinson had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a "well-placed source."

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