Disney’s Mulan criticised for filming in Xinjiang Province as calls to boycott the film grow

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan is now under a new wave of criticism as it has come to public attention that parts of the film took place in Xinjiang province, a region in China where the Chinese government is accused of serious human rights abuses against Muslim Uighurs. 

On Monday, social media users pointed out that during the end credits of the film, Disney thanked a number of government entities in Xinjiang, including the public security bureau in the city of Turpan and the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Committee.”

Turpan, situated in Eastern Xinjiang, is the site of a number of detention camps where thousands of Muslim Uighurs are believed to be detained. The public security bureau that Disney thanked is involved in the management and construction of these internment camps of East Turkistan.

Human rights activists and legal scholars have called the CPP’s crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang as “the worst collective human rights abuse in China in decades.

The film was released on Disney+ over the weekend and is now in theaters across Thailand.

Calls to boycott the remake of the famous film is nothing new as critics and activists alike have pointed to Mulan as being the CCP’s attempt to promote nationalism and Han Chinese chauvinism.

Early calls for a boycott in Thailand began last week after the main leads expressed support for the Chinese government and their actions in Hong Kong – the latter of which has been heavily criticised for using force against pro-democracy protesters.

Disney has yet to comment on the matter.

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