Mike Pence once wrote an insane op-ed calling 'Mulan' mischievous liberal propaganda.

Mike Pence once wrote an insane op-ed calling 'Mulan' mischievous liberal propaganda.
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Mike PenceDonald Trump's running mate, Governor of Indiana, and man with the face of a devastated dodgeball coach—wrote an op-ed in 1999 condemning the offensive display of "mischievious [sic] liberal" propaganda that is the Disney film Mulan.

The column was published on the website for Pence's radio show, creatively titled "The Mike Pence Show," and was recovered by BuzzFeed News.

Pence interpreted the cartoon romp about the female Chinese hero Mulan for being insidious propaganda designed to "cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat." This agenda, in his opinion, is consistent with other propagandistic Disney movies, which evoke sympathy for harmless deer. "Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate," he wrote.

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Mike Pence when he sees a strong female character.
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Mulan is celebrated for showing a female character who is just as strong and capable as the men in her community, and Pence was not buying it. How can a woman be as swift as a coursing river with all the force of a great typhoon, with all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon?

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Stop trying to make girls think they could do things.
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“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 kvetches.

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TL;DR of Pence's problem.
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It's offensive that he was offended by seeing a strong woman, perceiving it as propaganda, rather than a perfectly plausible predicament.

It gets worse, in terms of both the content and writing style. "Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story," Pence says about the romance between Mulan and Shang. He concludes:

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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.

Methinks that Pence's sensitive male ego could not handle seeing a woman be just as capable, no, EVEN BETTER than the dudes—as if he'd be more effective at beating the cartoon Huns.

He also doesn't note the irony in blaming the liberal media for this outrageous storyline even though Hua Mulan is a 1500-year-old Chinese legend.

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u mad?
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Thankfully he's too busy being Trump's lackey to comment on the new Ghostbusters.

Get down to business and read the full thing here:

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.

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