Disney’s ‘Mulan’ sparks backlash over Xinjiang, Hong Kong

Yifei Liu wants to show fans ‘a glimpse of themselves’ in ‘Mulan

Yifei Liu wants to show fans ‘a glimpse of themselves’ in ‘Mulan

Some laud its spectacle and thematic resonance, while others criticized its middling characters and storyline.

It's believed that how much it actually earned is unlikely to be revealed until an upcoming earnings call, but the news that Mulan will be available for free starting from December 4th was likely a contributing factor to Disney+ subscribers not purchasing the movie (especially when they've already been waiting to watch it since way back in March).

Among them is the "publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee", the department which produces propaganda and messaging for the region.

They were also begrudgingly put up with by Disney CEO Michael Eisner, who anxious that exploiting a hit movie for sequel or spin-off opportunities potentially hindered the company overall.

Claiming to be battling religious fundamentalism and separatism, the Chinese Communist Party has ordered Uyghur Muslims into these camps, which are reported to involve cheap labor under the guise of re-education and the forced learning of Mandarin, for offences including praying or growing a beard. Some have tweeted - to thousands of retweets - that supporting Mulan is tantamount to being complicit in these human rights violations.

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The live-action remake, directed by Niki Caro, stars Liu Yifei as the titular heroine, and near the end of the film, after Mulan has saved the Emperor of China, defeats the villainous Bori Khan and is an invited guest at the palace, Wen makes a surprise appearance. You can beat me up now.

Thai and Taiwanese activists have combined Hong Kong protesters fighting democratic reform that raised the demand for boycotts of this movie this past year, after its Chinese-born celebrity sided with the Hong Kong authorities and their crackdown of all pro-democracy militants. "What a shame for Hong Kong".

In an earlier interview with the outlet with respect to the backlash, Liu said, "I think it's obviously a very complicated situation, and I'm not an expert". I just really hope this gets resolved soon.

Although this all happened in 2019, people have once again started trending it again after Hong Kong activist Joshua Hong reminded everyone about Liu's stand.

Disney was reached for comment but did not immediately respond.

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