(Tea Party PAC) – The new live-action version of Disney’s Mulan is facing harsh criticism for thanking an official Chinese government security bureau that is linked to Uyghur concentration camps in the communist country.
Breitbart reports that the end credits to the move include a thank you to Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security, according to a screenshot from the movie.
The outlet explains that “The city of Turpan, which is located in the northwestern Xinjiang region, runs a concentration camp for Uyghur Muslims where detainees are forced to recite Communist Party propaganda, according to a 2018 investigation by The Wall Street Journal.”
Former inmates from the camp told the WSJ that prison officials forced them to eat pork, something which is forbidden under Islam, as well as pledge allegiance to Xi Jinping, the president of China.
China, naturally, has denied running concentration camps, calling them “vocational training centers.”
The U.S. State Department believes that it is possible China has imprisoned an estimated “millions” of Uighurs and other Muslims.
The credits to the new film also acknowledge various official bureaus in Turpan as well as publicity offices for the Chinese Communist Party.
On Monday, the left-wing Washington Post ran an op-ed that criticized Disney for filming scenes from the movie in Xinjiang.
“Why did Disney need to work in Xinjiang? It didn’t. There are plenty of other regions in China, and countries around the world, that offer the starkly beautiful mountain scenery present in the film. But in doing so, Disney helps normalize a crime against humanity,” wrote columnist Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.
World Uyghur Congress, a human rights group, has also called Disney out for their involvement with the city of Turpan.
— WorldUyghurCongress (@UyghurCongress) September 7, 2020
Breitbart explains that Disney is apparently quite intimate with the Chinese:
Disney shot Mulan in China and New Zealand with an international cast and crew. The movie, which reportedly cost $200 million, recently opened in cinemas in China. In the U.S., Disney has skipped cinemas and released the movie on its Disney+ streaming service due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mulan is facing boycott calls from pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong after star Liu Yifei expressed support for Communist China’s crackdown on demonstrators. “Because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan,” activist Joshua Wong tweeted last week.
The Walt Disney Co. has cultivated close ties to Beijing. Disney has made massive investments in its theme parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The studio also relies on China’s box office might to propel its Marvel superhero movies to profitability.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has refused to publicly discuss China’s human rights abuses, saying last year that taking a position that could harm the company would be “a big mistake.”