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What should have been a family favourite film has turned into a political nightmare, with moviegoers around the world urged to boycott the new Disney film Mulan due to its links with the Chinese Communist Party. Calls to boycott the live-action remake strengthened when audience members realised that Disney offered “Special Thanks” in the closing credits to government departments linked with Uighur detention camps. The Publicity Department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Committee and the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security are both acknowledged at the end of the film. The former department is used to create state propaganda in the region, while the latter is accused of human rights violations for its involvement in the internment camps.
A major studio thanking government bodies associated with the mistreatment of Uighurs and other minority groups is the most blatant example so far of the power and influence that China has over Hollywood.
American production companies were once able to tackle topics considered unfavourable by the Chinese government. However, in 1997, upon the release of Red Corner by MGM, Seven Years in Tibet by Mandalay Entertainment and Kundun by Disney’s Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood quickly learned what would happen if they stepped …
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