Disney Criticized For Filming ‘Mulan’ In China’s Xinjiang Province

Disney’s big budget remake of ‘Mulan’ has sparked a controversy which saw the studio being criticized for filming the movie in China’s Xinjiang Province, where Beijing is accused of perpetrating human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims on a massive scale.
To make things even worse the studio appears to have offered its gratitude to Chinese government agencies involved in the alleged abuses. Following Mulan’s release on Disney+, some viewers noticed a “special thanks” in the film’s end credits to eight government entities in Xinjiang, including the public security bureau in the city of Turpan, where China is believed to operate over a dozen “re-education camps” that holds Uighur Muslims in extra-judicial detention.
Mulan’s credit sequence also extends a thank you to the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee”, the Chinese Communist Party agency responsible for producing and managing state propaganda efforts in the region.
The film has also been shot in approximately 20 locations in China, including the Mingsha Shan desert and the Tuyuk Valley. The film was already a subject of controversy following social media comments made by Liu Yifei, the lead actress of the film, supporting the Hong Kong police force’s crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy movement.
The #BoycottMulan hashtag has been trending on Twitter and other social media platforms. The films’s debut however has seen a 68% spike in Disney+ app downloads, but it’s unclear how, or whether, the ongoing controversy surrounding the film will affect the film’s success.

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