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That Time Vice-Presidential Candidate Mike Pence Reviewed Disney’s ‘Mulan’

Now that the candidates for U.S. president and vice-president have been determined, at least on one side, it’s time to start asking the important questions, like: How do they feel about animated features?

While Donald Trump’s opinions on animated features remain mostly unknown, we have a pretty clear idea of how Republican vice-presidential candidate (and current Indiana governor) Mike Pence feels about at least one animated film: Disney’s Mulan. That’s because he reviewed the film for his website back in 1999 when he wasn’t yet a full-time politician, a piece that was recently uncovered by Buzzfeed.

In it, Pence criticizes the “michievous liberal at Disney” who attempted to indoctrinate children with the idea that women can serve in combat roles in the military.

“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,” wrote Pence. “Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military.” Obviously.

After a discussion of the “Tailhook” scandal, Pence concludes that “Many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually,” and “Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually.” This leads to Pence’s final verdict: “Women in military, bad idea.”

Pence’s full thoughts on why Mulan is a massive cinematic failure can be read below:

Just spent a memorable Fathers Day, like so many other all American Hoosier dads, with my kids at the new Disney film entitled, Mulan. For those who have not yet been victimized by the McDonald’s induced hysteria over this film, Mulan is a fictional account of a delicate girl of the same name who surreptitiously takes her fathers place in the Chinese army in one of their ancient wars against the Huns. 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. 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. (Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)

The only problem with this liberal hope is the reality which intrudes on the Disney ideal from the mornings headlines. From the original “Tailhook” scandal involving scores of high ranking navy fighter pilots who molested subordinate women to the latest travesty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the hard truth of our experiment with gender integration is that is has been an almost complete disaster for the military and for many of the individual women involved. When Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer was appointed to investigate the Aberdeen mess, he shocked the public with the revelation that young, nubile, 18 year old men and women were actually being HOUSED together during basic training. Whatever bone head came up with this idea should be run out of this man’s Army before sundown. Housing, in close quarters, young men and women (in some cases married to non-military personnel) at the height of their physical and sexual potential is the height of stupidity. 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. 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. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.

  • Steven Bowser

    Whenever people read too much into Disney films they just end up looking like fools. They’re meant to be wholesome entertainment, nothing more. Just something fun and uplifting to watch. Nobody at Disney is twisting their mustache and trying to figure out how to best manipulate children’s minds. I think they’re just a bunch of well-meaning people trying to make something fun to watch.

    • Funkybat

      Arch conservatives, particularly “social issue” ones like Pence, are seemingly always on alert, looking out for the latest bit of “brainwashing” the liberals are trying to advance through the media. They have a conspiracy theorist’s perspective, thinking that there are cabals of chuckling hippies, “sex perverts” and man-haters gathering in the boardrooms of NYC and LA and plotting how to use the media to make all of America’s good little children into America-hating gender-fluid communists. It’s really quite tiresome.

      Fact is, reality already has a “liberal bias”, and the reason all that “weird stuff” (women serving in the military, gay people being treated as equals, atheists not being tarred and feathered) is becoming more common over the decades is because as people have real-life interactions with people different from them, they usually tend to gain understanding and see them as fellow humans, not “the other.”

      Pence and his cohort still live in an “us vs. them” world. It’s kind of fun seeing his “dreaded prediction” of a unisex military already come to fruition within 15 years of Mulan coming out. Obviously, Mulan was the straw that broke the camel’s back! Damn you, Disney liberals!!!1!

      • Steven Bowser

        I’m a conservative person who holds many of the same stances on issues as Pence does, but I don’t go out and comb the deserts looking for things to be mad about.

        I think if you’re going to point fingers at something you’d better have a really legit reason and some actual evidence. Making accusations about a family film doesn’t solve anything, it just makes you look ignorant.

        And I just have a high admiration for animators, particularly Disney, so it bugs me when people seem so ignorant about animated films–how they’re made and who makes them.

  • Alex

    Heh, I’d want to see him tell that to Mary Read) I doubt he’d survive though)

  • William Bradford

    Does… does he know Mulan was an actual person? I’m sure Disney citified it as always but… sheesh

  • Andrew L.

    I wonder if anyone pointed out to the then not-yet-Governor Pence that MULAN was actually based on an actual Chinese legend, since he seems to give all the story-credit to the folks at Disney.

  • I like how in fantasy stories dragons, ghosts, and magic are not questioned but a female warrior is simply absurd.

  • GOATmaybe

    So I see a woman. I want to have sex with woman. Woman sees me. She wants to have sex with me. Therefore, women shouldn’t be in the Military….wat!

  • Allie Mustache Bojingles

    …..What kind of horrible person hates Mulan?

    • Craig Stephen Tower

      Clearly, Mike Pence is a Hun.

  • Allie Mustache Bojingles

    Oh no way, they love Fa Mulan. Nationalist pride? Civic duty? Family honor? What’s not to like?
    Jackie Chan even voiced the main guy in the mandarin version and sang his songs. The translated mandarin lyrics are pretty great.

  • Allie Mustache Bojingles

    The silliest thing is that Mulan isn’t even remotely the only famous Chinese warrior woman. There are many many famous lady generals, martial arts masters, warrior monks and pirates, from prostitutes to empresses. China has a long documented history of badass ladies. It’s not even like Mulan is a mythical exception.