Disney’s “Mulan” Remake Facing Boycotts Over Filming in Xinjiang

Star Liu Yifei has also been criticized for her support of the Hong Kong police

Liu Yifei as Mulan in Disney's remake of the animated movie
Liu Yifei as the titular star in Disney's live-action "Mulan" remake.
Jasin Boland/Walt Disney Studios

Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan already turned some heads with its $30 streaming price, but now the movie has sparked some more serious controversy: as The New York Times reports, some are calling for a boycott of the film because it was filmed partly in Xinjiang, a region in China where Uighur Muslims have been detained in mass internment camps.

“This film was undertaken with the assistance of the Chinese police while at the same time these police were committing crimes against the Uighur people in Turpan,” Tahir Imin, a Uighur activist based in Washington, told the Times. “Every big company in America needs to think about whether their business is helping the Chinese government oppress the Uighur people.”

Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin weighed in on the issue on Twitter, writing, “While the CCP is committing crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, Disney thanked four of the propaganda departments that are lying to the world about these crimes. It also thanked the Turpan Public Security Bureau, which is on the entity list for its role in these atrocities.”

The movie is also being boycotted by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong and those who sympathize with them after Mulan‘s titular star, Liu Yifei, voiced her support for the Hong Kong police, who have been accused of using excessive force against protestors. She said, “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”

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