More controversy is starting to surround Mulan, a recent Disney live-acting remake of the 1998 animated classic Mulan that came out on Disney+ Sept. 4, 2020. Mulan was released in China this week and has generated an estimate of only $17 million in its first weekend.
When Mulan was released, there was a call to boycott the film due to controversy surrounding the actress who played Mulan, Liu Yifei, when she wrote her support of the Hong Kong police.
Recent days, there has been backlash with the credits roll that reportedly gave thanks to the Xinjiang authorities for their cooperation in the making of Mulan. If not familiar with the Xinjiang providence, it is the area where Uighur Muslims are being detained in mass internment camps and where part of the movie was shot.
The controversy this week is that Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a scathing letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, in what Hawley called “whitewashing the ongoing genocide of Uighur and other Muslims minorities during the production of Mulan.”
The New York Times said, “It began blowing up again on Monday, when several social media users noticed that in the film’s credits, Disney thanked eight government entities in Xinjiang, a region in China’s Far West that is home to the Uighurs.”
There hasn’t been any word from Disney concerning Hawley’s letter.