Disney’s live-action remake of the classic 1998 animated film “Mulan” debuted on Sep. 4 to generally positive critic reviews and middling viewer reviews.
On Rotten Tomatoes, “Mulan” has 76 percent rating based on 233 critic reviews and a 54 percent rating based on 6,810 user reviews.
But a lukewarm reception from fans might be the least of Disney’s worries, as there appears to be a tidal wave of criticism headed the company’s way over what it placed in the film’s credits.
Viewers noticed something peculiar in the movie’s final credits, and the reaction was visceral, to say the least:
Mulan specifically thank the publicity department of CPC Xinjiang uyghur autonomous region committee in the credits.
You know, the place where the cultural genocide is happening.
— Jeannette Ng 吳志麗 (@jeannette_ng) September 7, 2020
Disney gave “special thanks” to a variety of entities, including several propaganda arms of the Chinese Communist Party.
That “cultural genocide” claim in the tweet above refers to the alleged detainment of more than a million Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
Damning allegations of re-education camps and outright murder have long since been levied at various Chinese government agencies. The Western Journal compiled an extensive list of the various allegations in July.
Given the normally squeaky-clean image Disney strives for, it’s particularly alarming that the company gave “special thanks” to the Chinese regime in the movie’s end credits. It’s also a searing indictment of just how much influence and power China wields throughout Hollywood.
The controversy surrounding the alleged treatment of Uighurs in China has actually sparked something seldom seen on social media in 2020 — outrage across the entire political spectrum:
To make Mulan, Disney worked with four propaganda departments in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, the site of a genocide against Muslims, and the Xinjiang public security bureau. This is a horrific. Here’s my article on the subject, and a thread on why. https://t.co/jlbv7QusCb
— Isaac Stone Fish (@isaacstonefish) September 7, 2020
‘HORRIFIC’: Asia analyst @GordonGChang sounds off on Disney and the production of new live-action movie Mulan, citing China’s concentration camps, and their military threat to the US. [with Newsmax TV’s @JohnFBachman. https://t.co/VlT7z8drtO] pic.twitter.com/tm3JwQTeTJ
— Newsmax (@newsmax) September 8, 2020
Disney: It will be very difficult for us to keep filming in Georgia if the state enacts its pro-life heartbeat bill
Also Disney: Thank you, China, for allowing us to film ‘Mulan’ in the province where you’re imprisoning and indoctrinating Muslims in camps
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) September 8, 2020
First, they charge $30 for the movie, now @Disney is revealed to have worked with & thanked the propaganda machine in #Xinjiang – who is responsible for one of the largest ethnic cleansings since WWII in helping film Mulan. https://t.co/15EOTM2HzO
— Ted Yoho (@RepTedYoho) September 8, 2020
“It’s sufficiently astonishing that it bears repeating: Disney has thanked four propaganda departments and a public security bureau in Xinjiang, a region in northwest China that is the site of one of the world’s worst human rights abuses happening today.” https://t.co/RFiuBUAPZ8
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 8, 2020
.@Disney could have filmed anywhere in the world, but they chose to do it in China, in the province where there is an active ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims. Why? The Chinese market is how big-budget Hollywood movies make their $$$.https://t.co/ksXhYlDHsW via @usatoday
— Wajahat “Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic” Ali (@WajahatAli) September 8, 2020
That’s also to say nothing of the fans upset with the actual quality of the movie, regardless of its connections to the brutal Chinese regime:
— Disney (@Disney) September 6, 2020
“Mulan” is still available to Disney+ subscribers for $30.