“No one has to like
Mulan, it may well be a muddled, mediocre film, but what’s to hate about it?” China Daily asked. “Movies take a lot of hard work and serious money to make and even then, there’s no guarantee for success, even for Hollywood. It’s still hit or miss until the lights dim and film begins to play.”
“It is ironic that Hong Kong, which has long prided itself for nurturing and cherishing free speech and cultural freedom, and is the proud home of one of the most legendary and prolific film industries, is now the locus of an immature and dishonest movement to pressure people to not see a movie simply because a few hardened activists have taken issue with a comment made by the movie’s protagonist,” the propaganda outlet protested.
China’s Foreign Ministry weighed in on the movie as well, though – unlike its state propaganda arms – Beijing itself weighed in only to defend its concentration camps in Xinjiang and Liu Yifei for her support for police brutality.
“This latest version has caused some controversy for giving thanks to the Xinjiang authority in its credits. But in my view, nothing can be more natural than the film thanking the local authorities for offering convenience for the shooting,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian
said on Friday.
“You mentioned that the film’s lead actress previously made comments in support of the Hong Kong police,” he said to the reporter asking about the movie. “I want to say ‘bravo!’ to that.”
Following the uproar surrounding Disney’s choice to produce a film in a region plagued by human rights atrocities – and thank those committing them – Walt Disney Co. CFO Christine McCarthy
conceded in a public appearance last week that the concentration camps have “generated a lot of issues for us.”
A Reuters report published in October 2019 revealed that the Chinese Communist Party has
built over 1,000 concentration camps throughout Xinjiang, its largest and westernmost province. Xinjiang is home to the majority of the nation’s ethnic Uyghur population, who are majority Muslim and culturally and linguistically distinct from the Han ethnic majority who control the Communist Party.
Oppositon to the camps is a growing global phenomon.
Survivors of the camps say they have endured indoctrination, extreme physical torture, priming for organ harvesting, rape, forced abortions, forced sterilizations, and other atrocities. Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in the area have called the program – designed to limit their population size and erase their language and religion – genocide.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) revealed in a report this week that Turpan – where
Mulan filmed and whose police force the film thanked for helping with production – is home to at least eight concentration camps.
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