Disney CFO Admits Filming ‘Mulan’ in Xinjiang Has ‘Generated A Lot of Issues’ https://t.co/1HNXJs7CqP— Variety Asia (@VarietyAsia) September 11, 2020
Disney CFO Christine McCarthy has acknowledged that the company’s choice to shoot parts of “Mulan” in China’s Xinjiang region - a region where a reported number of concentration camps holding the Uyghur people are situated, as part of an effort to forcibly assimilate them with China’s majority Han population - has "generated a lot of issues for us".
She also said that, “It’s common to acknowledge in a film’s credits the national and local governments that allowed you to film there.” Here, she was referring to Disney thanking eight different Chinese government entities in Xinjiang in the film's credits, some of which are involved with overseeing the camps.
She defended the movie by saying that much of the film was shot in New Zealand, but crews also filmed at 20 locations in China to show “some of the unique landscapes” there.
When asked whether the global backlash would be bad for business, McCarthy replied, “I’m not a box office predictor.”
In other, related news, China has now barred media coverage of Mulan following the backlash.