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Disney Facing 'Mulan' Boycott Over Chinese Uighurs

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People walk past advertising displays for Disneys Mulan film at a cinema inside a shopping mall in Bangkok on September 8, 2020. (Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 September 2020 06:04 PM

Disney is enduring a social media campaign to boycott its movie “Mulan” over ending credits that thank eight governmental entities in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, region where the United Nations says more than 1 million Uighur Muslims are being detained in internment camps. 

The phrase #BoycottMulan began trending on Twitter after the film’s release on the Disney+ streaming service on Friday, CBS News reported.

The film had already drawn criticism after lead actress Chinese-born American Liu Yifei expressed support for police actions against Hong Kong protesters, CNBC reported, and the film’s production designer, Grant Major, revealed that his team spent months “in and around the northwest province of Xinjiang,” CBS said.

The live-action film, which shares a name with a 1998 animated feature by Disney, tells the story of “a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father,” according to IMDB.

China has declared the Uighurs, a minority group of roughly 12 million centered in China’s northwest autonomous region of Xinjiang, a security threat following a growing separatist movement that has included several violent incidents such as car bombings, stabbings and shootings over the past two decades.

The communist government has been accused of mass detentions of Uighurs in concentration camps and forcing them have abortions in an attempt to slash birth rates among the minority, the AP reported in June.

The State Department has condemned the Chinese government, its practice of forced sterilizations and was considering whether to label the actions a “genocide.”

In July, the New York Times reported that Uighurs were being forced to make facial masks that were exported and sold overseas amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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