Disney Is Facing Controversy Over The Release Of The Live Action 'Mulan' Film, #BoycottMulan Trends On Twitter
While most were excited and eager for the release of the live-action Mulan, there were just as many that were hoping Disney would make a statement, and hold off airing the movie due to where the movie was filmed, and the controversy surrounding the region in China that has been under investigation for human rights violations.
The much anticipated and widely popular story of Mulan hit Disney+ on Friday, and while many were quick to hit the play button, many others were voicing their distaste for the film.
The film, which was shot in China, has caused some controversy for Disney, and it has gone so far that #BoycottMulan has trended on Twitter.
Mulan faces backlash same weekend of its release
Viewers of the live-action Mulan noticed something a bit sinister in the credits if the film, which gave thanks to the Xinjiang Province, as well as recognizing the CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Committee, the alleged propaganda department in the Chinese region.
Not only is the committee a source of the backlash, but the region itself has been under scrutiny for the treatment of its Muslim population. The region has been accused of massive human rights violations, including detaining the Uyghur Muslims in internment camps, forcing over a million people out of their homes.
Mulan specifically thank the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang uyghur autonomous region committee in the credits.— Jeannette Ng 吳志麗 (@jeannette_ng) September 7, 2020
You know, the place where the cultural genocide is happening.
They filmed extensively in Xinjiang, which the subtitles call "Northwest China"#BoycottMulan pic.twitter.com/mba3oMYDvV
Amnesty International also called out Disney and the film, asking what they have specifically done in the region to aid in "due diligence."
The new Mulan movie was filmed in the region where China has Uyghur internment camps and there are "special thanks" for a Xinjiang government agency in the credits.@Disney, can you show us your human rights due diligence report?https://t.co/7IaPsYQtKW— Amnesty International (@amnesty) September 8, 2020
Disney has yet to comment on the criticism, and the Chinese government has said to Sky News that these allegations of human rights violations are "baseless", and that these camps are a "peaceful program for security and economic development" in the region.
This isn't the first wave of controversy
This isn't the first time Mulan had faced controversy. Prior to the release, Yifei Liu, who plays "Mulan", tweeted in support of the Police brutality happening in Hong Kong against the peaceful protestors defending their right to democracy.
#BoycottMulan how tone deaf do you have to be to support police brutality when you just filmed a character who is supposed to stand against oppression in its raw form? Pound sand. pic.twitter.com/Ug8pfh3JPN— Tom S. Foolery (@foolery_s) August 16, 2019
This film is released today. But 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. https://t.co/utmP1tIWNa— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) September 4, 2020
The film is still up on Disney+, available for premium members.