In the #Mulan credits, Disney thanks the Public Security bureau in Turpan, a city in Xinjiang, China.— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCNN) September 8, 2020
We went to Turpan last year. This video shows how we were greeted by police.
So Disney was welcome but we were not–probably b/c we went to talk about cultural genocide.
Inside these camps, allegations of torture and brainwashing abound. We spoke to people who were inside for the below story. China denies anything is wrong with these camps and calls them 'vocational training centers' designed to eliminate extremism.https://t.co/9PKwTUGgy0— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCNN) September 8, 2020
According to IMDB, filming was primarily done in late 2018. These large scale human rights abuses in Xinjiang were being widely talked about by then. For example, here's a story by @jgriffiths detailing a UN report about the camps from August 2018. https://t.co/ri2gTVOn5A— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCNN) September 8, 2020
So— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCNN) September 8, 2020
Either Disney didn't know about these human rights abuses and they should have
The company knew about them and chose to shoot/scout in Xinjiang for the movie anyway
Both options are depressing and a reminder that doing business in/with China can come at great cost.