The Mulan Makers’ Monstrous Money Move

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Margaret Bingham, Writer

People around the world criticize, and even refuse to watch or pay for, the “Mulan” live-action remake, which was recently released on Disney+, because part of it was filmed in Xinjiang, the region of China where Chinese Uighur Muslims are held in internment camps against their will. These “camps” have been erected throughout the Xinjiang, home of the Uighur Muslims, to keep the Uighur people from practicing their religion.

These complaints about Mulan have spread to many, including U.S lawmakers. The new film, released on Disney+ in the past month, has become a focal point for anger on the Chinese Communist Party.

This outburst happened because many bloggers including social media users across the world, realized in the credits Disney thanked eight of the entities who work in various ways in Xinjiang to detain the Uighur Muslims in the internment camps. This can make Chinese and American people alike, angry. 

Why did the people at Disney do this? Money. Money is always the reason.

The entities mentioned in the movie’s credits included the police bureau in Turpan, an ancient Silk Road city in eastern Xinjiang that has a large Uighur population. And, last October, Trump placed that division and other police organizations in Xinjiang on a blacklist that forbids U.S. companies to sell or supply products to them.

American politicians started writing fiery messages aimed at Disney. Mike Gallagher, Republican of Wisconsin, Tweeted  that “while the CCP is committing crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, @Disney thanked four of the propaganda departments that are lying to the world about these crimes. It also thanked the Turpan Public Security Bureau, which is on the entity list for its role in these atrocities.”

The movie was already in hot water, months ago facing calls for a boycott by supporters of the Hong Kong freedom from Chinese government movement. The star of the film came out in support of the Hong Kong police force that is committing police brutality against the protesters, which angered many people. Disney decided to film Mulan in Xinjiang because it seemed like a good financial decision, but it may end up costing them money and fans – Chinese and American alike.