Disney’s ‘Mulan’ backlashed for filming in China’s Xinjiang Province amid human rights issues
“Mulan,” which was made for an estimated $200 million, is a redo of the 1998 animated film about a young Chinese woman who pretends to be a man in order to spare her elderly father from mandatory military service. It was originally supposed to be released in theaters at the end of March but was one of the many movies pushed back seemingly indefinitely as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.
Mulan ” is being heavily criticized for filming scenes in China’s controversial Xinjiang Province, where Beijing is accused of human rights abuses against Uighur Muslim people.
The film is already catching backlash from pro-democracy advocates after its star, Chinese-born actress Liu Yifei, demonstrated her support on social media of police in Hong Kong between extensive violent clashes against pro-democracy demonstrators. The post led to the hashtag #BoycottMulan becoming popular.
Xinjiang has been the epicenter of a debate about how China treats its Muslim minorities. Many Uighur residents have been held- back in internment camps where they are reportedly subject to forced political indoctrination, forced labor and forced sterilization .
According to China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, was asked about the film shooting in Xinjiang and responded with a denial of the existence of re-education camps, instead calling the facilities there vocational and educational institutions and reportedly blamed anti-China forces for smearing its Xinjiang politics.
The company thanked the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee, the Chineses Communist Party’s agency that’s alleged to be in charge of producing state propaganda about its efforts to detain Uighurs in the region, according to the outlet
.The company decided to drop the traditional dramatic release of the film
‘Mulan” was released on Disney+ for an additional $30 .