Stars of Disney's live-action film, Mulan, and Asian celebs from across the globe hit the red carpet for the world premiere last night.
The powerful showmanship of solidarity in light of the stigma attached to Asians, especially Chinese people was much needed and there's no doubt everyone who attended knew what showing up meant.
Xenophobia is at an all-time high since the novel coronavirus has been spreading globally at rapid rates. With origins in Wuhan, China, experts believe it came from wild animal markets -- particularly from the consumption of pangolins not bats.
NextShark and other Asian media outlets have shared terrible videos of Asians being blamed for causing this epidemic via degrading comments, teasing and in some cases, assault. Asian businesses have been declining but in reality, most businesses are.
Circling back to Mulan though, there were questions on whether Disney would still release the film in light of the health crisis happening around the world and it appears they are moving full steam ahead with the film hitting theaters on March 28th.
Disney's decision to move forward can't be in hopes of breaking box office records. At this moment in time, people are afraid to go to their local market or do their normal errands because of the chance of contracting the virus.
To expect people to purchase tickets to go sit inside an inclosed movie theater is not realistic.
To me, Disney's decision to release the film is to show they stand with the Chinese and will not let the virus scare them out of supporting a historic moment.
Not every Chinese people has the virus, not every Asian person is connected to it and their message is clear -- we need to stand by and support our Asian brothers and sisters and that's probably a big reason why this film is still happening.
What're your thoughts?