Disney’s live-action Mulan can’t seem to catch a break. Following coronavirus delays and a #BoycottMulan campaign, the movie is now generating blowback for its end credits in which the studio thanks an official Chinese government security bureau linked to Uyghur concentration camps.
Mulan’s end credits include a special thank-you to the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security, according to a screenshot from the movie. The city of Turpan, which is located in the northwestern Xinjiang region, runs a concentration camp for Uyghur Muslims where detainees are forced to recite Communist Party propaganda, according to a 2018 investigation by The Wall Street Journal.
Some former inmates told the Journal that prison officials forced them to eat pork, which is forbidden under Islam, and to pledge allegiance to Xi Jinping. China has denied that it runs concentration camps, calling them a “vocational training centers.”
In the new #Mulan, @Disney thanks the public security bureau in Turpan, which has been involved in the internment camps in East Turkistan.— WorldUyghurCongress (@UyghurCongress) September 7, 2020
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The U.S. State Department has estimated that China has imprisoned potentially “millions” of Uighurs and other Muslims.
Mulan‘s credits also acknowledge various official Turpan bureaus as well as Chinese Communist Party publicity offices.
The left-wing Washington Post ran an op-ed on Monday slamming Disney’s decision to shoot scenes in Xinjiang.
“Why did Disney need to work in Xinjiang? It didn’t. There are plenty of other regions in China, and countries around the world, that offer the starkly beautiful mountain scenery present in the film. But in doing so, Disney helps normalize a crime against humanity,” wrote columnist Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.