Disney Facing Backlash for Thanking Xinjiang Authorities in ‘Mulan‘ Credits. First and foremost, we will admit we are not an authority on global or political issues, but as this pertains directly to the production of the new live-action film by Disney, we felt the need to report this story.
Disney’s Mulan has been met with controversy after controversy, including lead actors taking public political stances , the decision by the studio to remove the musical numbers and several characters featured in the animated film, as well as the addition of new characters to the film, and now for thanking Xinjiang Government Authorities in the credits of the film. The main concerns being the credits thanking both the Xinjiang government’s publicity department and the Public Security and Tourism bureaus for Turpan. Both agency that are currently being accused of human rights abuse.
Mulan specifically thank the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang uyghur autonomous region committee in the credits.
You know, the place where the cultural genocide is happening.
— Jeannette Ng 吳志麗 (@jeannette_ng) September 7, 2020
Currently, the Xinjiang government is under scrutiny for housing “re-education” centers that many are calling detention camps. According to BBC News, “China says its detention camps in Xinjiang are necessary to improve security.” It is assumed there are roughly 1 million people, mostly Muslim Uighurs, detained in the facilities in Xinjiang alone. BBC continued sharing, “China says it is fighting the “three evil forces” of separatism, terrorism, and extremism in Xinjiang and says the camps are voluntary schools for anti-extremism training.”
Disney has yet to comment on the choice to use Xinjiang as a filming location for the film, which is labeled in the film as “Northwest, China.”
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Source: BBC News