Back in 1999, the governor of Indiana Mike Pence, who is now Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, was a talk show host and wrote an interesting op-ed about Disney’s “Mulan” being “mischievous liberal propaganda.”
The article, which was discovered by BuzzFeed News, was posted on the talk show’s page after he saw the film with his children 17 years ago. In it, he explained everything wrong with the animated picture and how woman cannot serve in the military because of the romance that sparked between Mulan and her superior.
“Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts,” he wrote. “Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military. I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right.”
Adding, “Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.”
Pence continued by pointing out the “Tailhook” and Aberdeen Proving Ground sex scandals and asserting that, “the hard truth of our experiment with gender integration is that it has been an almost complete disaster for the military and for many of the individual women involved.”
“It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story. They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters,” explained Pence. The actual 1998 film was inspired by the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, who was originally described in the “Ballad of Mulan.”
“You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting,” he said. “Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.”
You can read his full article by clicking here.