Selling out doesn’t always pay

The most recent example is Disney’s live-action remake of their animated Mulan movie, aptly named “Mulan”. China is a very important market for American movies, which is why many of the include at least short scenes in Chinese – or Chinese looking – cities. The last Hollywood movie that criticised China was “Seven Years in Tibet”; that movie meant that its star Brad Pitt was not allowed into China for 2 decades.

So Disney chose to adapt their remake to appeal to the Chinese market in many ways, and also chose China-born actors for starring roles.

Except, this new Mulan is shot in part in the province Xinjiang and since the claims of human rights abuses there have become known,

The Chinese government has ordered major media outlets in China to not cover the release of Walt Disney’s “Mulan.” Authorities ordered the ban as controversy broke out over the film’s links with China’s Xinjiang region, where China is committing mass human rights abuses against the Uighur minority population and others
— “China bans media coverage of Disney’s ‘Mulan’ in attempt to hide Xinjiang mass abuse

“Mass human rights abuses” is an understatement.











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