Disney’s live action Mulan remake caused controversy, both in China and around the world, when fans discovered notes in the film’s credits thanking several government entities that have been linked to the cultural genocide of the Uighur Muslim population. Now, the company has defended the decision, calling it part of a “standard practice across the film industry worldwide,” Variety reports.
Parts of Disney’s new Mulan film were filmed in the region of Xinjiang, where internment camps have been located since at least 2017. A new statement from Disney has downplayed the extent of filming done in the region, as well as palming off responsibility for acknowledgements made in the films credits–including thanks to the Turpan Bureau of Public Security, which has been sanctioned by the US Bureau of Industry and Security for “human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups.”
The statement by Disney’s Sean Bailey was sent to British politician Iain Duncan Smith–who was not all that impressed by the response.