Mulan boycott explained: Why some fans are skipping the new Disney remake

Mulan launched at Disney Plus last Friday.


Mulan, Disney’s latest live-action remake of the 90s cartoon classic, has divided critics. Some people slap it and Thematic resonance, While others criticized its character and plot. But it is also splitting social media, with several calls to boycott you new flick Available on Disney Plus for $ 30.

The treatment of Uygar Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region – where some of the film was shot – and China violated human freedom in Hong Kong.

As the novelist Zeenat Ng wrote in a Monday tweet, the credits in Mulan show “special thanks” to the “Promotional Department of the CPC Xinjiang Uygar Autonomous Region Committee”. It is the propaganda wing of the Jianjiang government of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, where it is estimated that more than one million Uygar Muslims have been forced into education camps again.

Claiming to have suffered from religious fundamentalism and separatism, the Chinese Communist Party has ordered Uyghur Muslims into these camps, including re-education including prayer and beard-raising and the inclusion of cheap labor under the guise of forced education of Mandarin . .

The Bureau of Public Security is also credited in Trump, a municipality within Xinjiang, which was approved by the US government last October under its entity list for human rights violations. Some have tweeted – thousands of retweets – that Mulan’s support is embroiled in these human rights violations.

The second cause for concern is the comments made by Mulan’s lead actress, Yufai Liu, last August. “We support the Hong Kong police. You all can attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong,” she posted on Weibo.

The protests in Hong Kong reached a new peak two months ago by an extradition bill that would give China’s courts power over Hong Kong legal matters, when Liu made a statement on Weibo. Those who opposed the movement often did not support China, but aligned with the police force’s call to prevent violent protests.

“This is obviously a very complicated situation and I am not an expert. I hope that all this will be resolved soon,” she said In a followup interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Hong Kong activist and politician Joshua Wong Friday brought Liu’s comments, When the film launched on Disney Plus, “encouraging everyone who believes in #BoycottMulan’s human rights.” The tweet received over 27,000 retweets.

Disney was reached for comment, but did not immediately respond.