Disney’s Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy admitted on Thursday that the company’s choice to shoot parts of “Mulan” in China’s Xinjiang region “generated a lot of issues for us.”
The corporation has come under fire for part of the shooting of a live action epic in the northwestern region, where one million members of a mostly Muslim Uygar ethnic minority are held against their will in internment camps as part of an effort to forcibly assimilate . Majority Han population of China. Some have been forced into forced sterilization and abortion, recent reports show, with former detainees describing atrocities and inhumane behavior.
To its credit, the film gives “special thanks” to eight different Chinese government organs in Xinjiang, many of whom, such as the Tarpan Bureau of Public Security, are directly involved in a campaign that critics have termed a cultural massacre .
According to Bloomberg News, at a Bank of America conference, McCarthy said that a lot of “Mulan” was shot in New Zealand, but the crew was shot at 20 locations in China to show “some unique scenarios”. He points out that this was “an attempt to accurately depict some of the country’s unique landscapes and geography for a historical period.”
McCarthy said that film production in China requires government approval and “it is common in the credits of a film to accept national and local governments that have given you permission to film there.”
In a sharp rebuke over the controversy to do so, he said: “It has made a lot of publicity. Let’s leave it at that.
The $ 200 million budget film directed by New Josender Nikki Karo premiered last week at Disney Plus and China on Friday.
But Chinese authorities have banned major media outlets from writing about “Mulan” in order to avoid shifting attention from Xinjiang’s growing criticism abroad regarding the Disney film.
American politicians have sent a misleading letter to Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek to make Disney’s decision to film in Xinjiang to “whitewash the ongoing genocide” with Josh Hawley of Missouri.
McCarthy did not speculate on whether the firm was concerned that international condemnation for the business would be bad, saying: “I am not a box office prophet.”