Walt Disney Company Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy admitted in remarks on Thursday that the decision to film parts of Mulan near concentration camps for Muslims in western China had “generated a lot of publicity.”
Mulan, a live-action retelling of the 1998 animated film, tells the story of Hua Mulan, a legendary Chinese woman who allegedly lived in the Sixth Century, AD, and earned fame as an accomplished warrior in an era where women rarely played the role. Human rights activists have called for boycotting the film after its release last week revealed that, in the credits, Disney thanked local “public security” officials in Turpan, a Xinjiang city hosting concentration camps for the local Uyghur population.
China began establishing concentration camps for Uyghurs, an ethnic Turkic people with no significant cultural ties to the Han majority who control the Communist Party, and other Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang in late 2017. By