On Wednesday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo) sent a letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, condemning the company as saying that Hawley “wiped out the massacre while producing Uygars and other Muslim ethnic minorities.” For “. Mulan. “The film was partially shot in the province.
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Hawley’s letter (below in full) asks Disney if it will pull Mulan Disney + to avoid calling CCP officers and agencies responsible for the atrocities in Xinjiang more glorious. He also requests that Disney explain what assistance the studio received from Communist Party agencies “involved in the massacre and how the agencies were compensated.”
according to this new York TimesEntities described in MulanThe Police Bureau has a large Uyghur population in Turpan, a city in eastern Xinjiang. Last October, the Trump administration put that bureau and other police organizations on a blacklist in Xinjiang that prohibits American companies from selling or supplying products to them.
Deadline has reached out to Disney seeking comment.
It is experiencing the latest issue Mulan Which was scheduled for release in March, and later danced around a shifting calendar due to the COVID epidemic. In August, it was announced that the film would go to the Disney markets where the streaming service is available. Elsewhere, it will continue dramatically.
In the summer of 2019, Chinese-born Mulan Star Liu Yifei sparked controversy over the blogging site Weibo after she wrote that she was standing with the Hong Kong police who were engaged in repressive actions against anti-government protesters and journalists. This created a #BoycottMulan uproar on social media. At the time, USC professor and China expert Stanley Rosen told us, “With the boycott through Hong Kong, people in China would intentionally go to see the film to protest the boycott. All this can really benefit the film. ”
Mulan Started rollout in a few markets and performed fiercely last weekend. US and international reviews for the film have generally been good. It is due to release tomorrow in China where it is taking a low 4.7 on review site Douban. An opening in the $ 30M range has been suggested. Piracy is undoubtedly an issue that the film has on Disney +.
Rosen now tells Deadline, “The conflict outside of China should help the film’s patriotic ‘support within the country. On Weibo and WeChat, Mulan There is a trending topic and there is a lot of interest. The fact that you have Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jet Li and Liu Yifei in the film will definitely help. There has already been much discussion about the film within China, which is more positive than negative.
However, he says, “In this year of blaming China by both sides, I would not be surprised to see that Disney called in Washington to testify about its China-friendly policies, and they would be able to find moral views and American How they can reconcile with foreign policy ideas. They may not put Disney in an uncomfortable position to trouble China because they are not financially troubled, but they also act as China’s ‘running dog’ Don’t want to be seen. When the NBA closed its Xinjiang basketball camps over physical abuse to Chinese coaches and other issues, they refused, saying it was a human rights issue, something that China would surely have done In July this year, Hawley sent a large letter criticizing NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s ties with China.
This all comes after a recent report by PEN America in which Hollywood was pilloried for playing ball with China’s censorship demands and “got upset over free expression.”
We will update with any feedback from Disney. Meanwhile, here is the boleo letter:
Dear Mr. Chapek:
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing genocide in Xinjiang – and not just cultural genocide. There was a time when Beijing was satisfied with enslaving the Uygars and other Muslim ethnic minorities, even it made them renounce their beliefs and pledge loyalty to the party. But now it is not so. Now Beijing is bent on destroying the Uygur people. And it has carried out a sophisticated campaign, which involves systematically dividing Uighur women and aborting their children.
On August 13, 2018, Walt Disney Studios announced that production had begun on Mulan. By that time, several reports had been released by the US government and non-governmental organizations regarding the mass surveillance of Uygars and others in camps in Xinjiang. But Disney did not stop going to Xinjiang to film Mulana. Nor did it stop Disney directly colluding with Chinese officials to persecute those camps.
Mullan tells the story of the closing credits. Nine minutes into a ten-minute credit roll, Disney makes a “special thanks” to the Trump Public Security Bureau – the same bureau responsible for operating concentration camps in the Trump’s jurisdiction. Disney also chose to give “special thanks” to several CCP publicity organs, including the propaganda department of the Xinjiang Communist Party. In order to avoid accountability in Beijing, these agencies have been tasked to spread disagreement about the atrocities in Xinjiang.
Disney’s ongoing Uyghur massacre contradicts all of your company’s stated theories. For example, a few weeks ago, you wrote about the need to “confront the irrefutable idea that some people’s lives are deemed less valuable – and more worthy of dignity, care, and protection than the lives of others.” Elsewhere, Disney has declared its commitment “to provide comfort, inspiration and opportunity to children and families around the world” and has described the “commitment to respect human rights” as “core values”.
In fact “special thanks” to the officials responsible for imprisonment, torture and forced sterilization are sterilizing millions due to their ethnicity and beliefs, which align with your perceived commitment to promoting human dignity and respect for human rights We do? Glorifying abused Chinese officials in Xinjiang provides comfort, inspiration and opportunity to Uyghur children, including those who were never born because the CCP forced their mothers to have an abortion? Here Disney’s actions cross the line from complexity to complexity.
For nearly a century, Disney told stories, produced films, and built theme parks that inspired us, brought us together, and showed us what the American must do to offer the world. Rather than apologize to those harmed by Disney’s actions, your decision to inadvertently release this film is scandalous. Your decision not to ignore the CCP massacres and other atrocities, but to take advantage of the principle of aiding and abetting them, is a consensus for American values.
As you consider your next steps, I request your answer to the following questions:
Does Disney agree that the Chinese Communist Party is responsible for imprisoning and torturing Uygars and other Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang?
Why did Disney choose Mulan’s film portion in Xinjiang, despite the fact that the Chinese Communist Party was imprisoning and torturing Uigars and others in Xinjiang at the same time?
What assistance did Disney receive from the Turap Public Security Bureau and other Chinese government agencies involved in the atrocities in Xinjiang?
How did Disney compensate for any assistance provided to the Tarpan Public Security Bureau and other Chinese agencies? Is Disney still providing compensation to Chinese entities listed in the original closing credits, and are there plans to provide compensation to these entities in the future?
Has Disney coordinated, collaborated, or otherwise engaged with any Chinese artists nominated for sanctions by the Treasury Department because of their contribution to the atrocities in Xinjiang?
Has Disney condemned the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uygars and other Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang?
Will Disney change its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party in response to party abuses in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and elsewhere?
Will Disney pull Multan from Disney to avoid the verification of any further glorification in Xinjiang or the Chinese Communist Party officials and agencies responsible for the atrocities in that province?
Will Disney donate any profits to non-governmental organizations dedicated to fighting ongoing human trafficking and other atrocities in Xinjiang?
Please answer these questions to my office by September 30, 2020. Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.
United States Senator