Disney is facing a new round of controversy, including calls for a boycott, after it was revealed that the new live-action remake of “Mulan” thanked Chinese government agencies that have been accused of extreme human rights violations in the Xinjiang province.
The company’s remake of “Mulan” launched on its Disney+ streaming service on Friday, where eagle-eyed viewers noticed the film's credits thanked several Chinese entities, including the Public Security and Tourism bureaus for Turpan and the Xinjiang government's publicity department. The province is home to detention camps that have held Uighur Muslims, where detainees have allegedly been subjected to terrible human rights violations, such as torture and forced sterilization.
A complaint was recently filed in the International Criminal Court by two organizations of Uighurs accusing the Chinese government of crimes against humanity, torture and genocide, NBC News reported Wednesday.
Last year, the Turpan Public Security bureau was included on a list of 28 Chinese entities the United States alleged engaged in human rights violations and abuses. The U.S. also imposed sanctions and visa restrictions in July in response to the "horrific and systematic abuses in Xinjiang."
Twitter users called the inclusion of the government agencies in the “Mulan” credits, placed in the last minute of the film, “disgusting.”
Disney filmed Mulan where the current Uighur Muslim concentration camps are held; they credited the bureau which helped imprison Muslims; and the lead actress supports the Hong Kong police brutality. So yeah, I think I’ll #BoycottMulan pic.twitter.com/ptySxhsKzY
— Sama L Tige (@samaltige) September 8, 2020
tw// police brutality, torture
Am all for inclusivity in film and cinema, but this just ain’t it. Another reminder to stand with Uighur Muslims and Hong Kong and #boycottMulan #mulan 🤢 pic.twitter.com/dmDG7ZLxgu
— ⭐️ndrew (@Turalbaffled) September 9, 2020
Today I found out that Disney filmed Mulan in China’s Xinjiang Province, where over 1 million Uighur Muslims are being held captive, used as guinea pigs and tortured by the Chinese Government. This is unacceptable and so disgusting, why is no one talking about this? @Disney
— 𝑯𝒂𝒔𝒔𝒂𝒏 𝒯𝒽ℯ 𝒫ℴℯ𝓉/RT PINNED (@rem_loveari) September 8, 2020
Disney did not respond to multiple requests for comment from NBC News on the calls for boycott.
The “Mulan” film has already been hit with criticism and boycotts over other human rights violations in China. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand urged moviegoers to boycott the film due its lead actress, Liu Yifei, who shared a post supporting Hong Kong police last year.
When asked by the Hollywood Reporter in February about the backlash, Liu said it was a very sensitive situation.
“I think it’s obviously a very complicated situation and I’m not an expert,” she said. “I just really hope this gets resolved soon.”
Hong Kong has been home to heated anti-government protests since last year, which intensified in June after China unveiled a sweeping national security law for the city. The law limited protests and dramatically reduced the territory's autonomy, according to pro-democracy activists.
A third-party spokesperson for the “Mulan” film did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment from NBC News on Wednesday.