A Malaysian adaptation of a popular Disney TV show is getting a lot of international heat.
Wizards of Warna Walk which features an all-Malaysian cast is expected to air on Disney Channel Malaysia (Astro channel 615) on August 30.
Staring upcoming entertainers; Emma Sofea, Mia Sara, Idan Aeden and well-known comedian, producer, actor and papadom-man, Afdlin Shauki, the comedy tells the tale of three wizard siblings who are trying to balance their lives as regular kids and wizards in training under the mentorship of their magical father.
The show was adapted from the award-winning Wizards of Waverly Place, an American Disney Channel original series which ran from 2007 to 2012 featuring well-known Hollywood names; Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Jake T. Austin.
The show recently gained international attention when Twitter user NATHAN TRISKA posted a short critique on the Malaysian made adaptation.
IM CALLING THE POLICE pic.twitter.com/285HFazNwh— NATHAN TRISKA (@NathanTriska) August 21, 2019
Fans of the show, particularly American ones, quickly jumped on the hate train, openly sharing their disapproval of the remake.
Comments came pouring in calling the adaptation a full out ripoff of the original.
Show fans were also saying that the adaptation was a direct insult to their childhood, as most Americans assumingly grew up watching and loving the Disney Channel original.
WAIT OMG WHAT??!?! IM SORRY BUT THIS IS NOT ALLOWED!! YOU CANNOT REPLACE AN ORIGINAL DISNEY CHANNEL SHOW!!— 𝒔𝒂𝒓𝒂 💕 (@Sarasheehan18) August 22, 2019
They are about to ruin my childhood pic.twitter.com/nz8eezQuI5— Nic (@hellsselena) August 26, 2019
I just want to talk to the person who approved of this— ja$mine (@jasminecastt) August 21, 2019
WARNA WALK?!??!! pic.twitter.com/EBRRtGOd8s— shae🐥 (@globaltyii) August 25, 2019
Malaysians, however, were not about to sit quietly on the sidelines…
Catching wind of the criticism the show was getting, Twitterjaya rushed in to defend the Malaysian made variant of the TV show.
Defenders pointed out that the adaptation was made for an entirely different demographic, targeting local audiences in each respective communities.
Commenters from Malaysia and other nations also brought up the fact that Disney is a global entity and localized adaptations of popular Disney made shows were not uncommon.
Hey Nathan, we may be miles away, but I can smell your entitlement from here. This is the Malaysian adaptation of Wizards Of Waverly Place. It’s meant for a Southeast Asian audience. It may be a wild concept, but we too are allowed to have something we can culturally relate to. https://t.co/1qGPpxVoOl— Shafiqah Othman (@sfqomhz) August 26, 2019
Awesome! An all Malaysian cast on a Disney channel show! Representation matters! Why is everyone upset? Wizards of Waverly Place ended SIX YEARS AGO. Get over it.— Alexis (@Alexisdjgc) August 25, 2019
This happens EVERYWHERE. This allows them to enjoy a show and see the characters look like them and maybe even relate to them b/c they’re also incorporating their culture. Y’all are disgusting. Ya allllll “hate” Trump but y’all sounding a lot like him 🐸— Xiomy (@SayMissy) August 24, 2019
This may be the version in another country. Y’all know Disney isn’t just in America right?— Canceranian 🦀 (@Tammy_Monee) August 26, 2019
It’s only going to be shown in these countries … pic.twitter.com/P3yFbNa5PI— ming | ig: minghui.psd (@minghui_xo) August 26, 2019
this show is a Malaysian adaptation of Wizards of Waverly Place… just like how there was an Indian adaptation of Good Luck Charlie (Best of Luck Nikki), these adaptations provide a localized version of the show to its own communities ☺️ let’s not hate on it bc it’s different— curtis 💫 (@gayasianthot) August 26, 2019
This is the Malaysia remake you should see what they did to Zach and Cody pic.twitter.com/o52oisN9aX— RAM.ROB (@robertram711) August 21, 2019
I wish they called it bomohs of warna place instead— IssIsAwesomeAsFuck (@gengarwords) August 26, 2019
The Twitter debate which started on August 22 is still fired up with more than 6,000 retweets, 15,000 likes and tones of comments coming in from across the cyberspace.