Disney has been slammed with criticism after it thanked Chinese government agencies in the credits of the live-action remake of "Mulan." China has recently been accused of human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in the country.
Disney thanked the publicity department in Xinjiang province, as well as the Public Security and Tourism bureaus for Turpan, a city near Xinjiang's capital. Xinjiang is where hundreds of thousands of Uighurs have been held in internment camps and is where some of the worst human rights abuses are occurring, according to the U.S. State Department.
The thanks received backlash across Twitter.
Some are calling for a boycott of the film. Helen Raleigh, a Chinese immigrant and immigration policy fellow at the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, wrote in an opinion piece published on The Federalist that the film's theme of loyalty aligns with messaging from the Chinese Communist Party.
"Since the state and the CCP are synonymous in Communist China, loyalty to the state is no different from being loyal to the CCP," she wrote. "Absolute loyalty in China is defined as doing whatever the CCP demands of you and never questioning nor disobeying any orders from the CCP. Indeed, if it's deemed necessary, one should be ready to sacrifice oneself for the CCP."
Some also pointed out Disney's apparent hypocrisy for threatening to quit doing business in Georgia over the state's recent legislation that bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected.
🔦 The film's leading actress, Liu Yifei, posted her support last year for Hong Kong police who were cracking down on Hong Kong protesters.