Disney faces more Mulan criticism, threatens to remake Song of the South

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Hot on the heels of lead actress, Liu Yifei, voicing her support for Hong Kong police brutality, Disney finds itself in more hot water regarding the live-action remake of Mulan, when the credits revealed that the production had filmed in Xinjiang province, notorious for its human rights abuses and the detention of Muslim Uyghur citizens.

A spokesperson for Disney addressed the controversy in a press conference: “Look why don’t you little SJWs just shut your traps, ok? We gave you your feminist propaganda, what more do you want? She doesn’t end up with a man in this one, can’t you just be happy with that? 

If we hadn’t filmed in China, if we’d shot it in Pasadena with an American cast then you’d have yelled at us for that. There is just no winning with you people! Suddenly you are all experts in international relations? Gimme a break! Who among you can say that you are completely innocent of cultural genocide?” 

Despite shooting predominantly in New Zealand, the production managed to find time for an on location shoot in China, taking in the controversial Xinjiang province. The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is known for its imprisonment of indigenous Muslims in reeducation camps, with around a million ethnic minorities believed to be detained in these camps before they are then sent around China as involuntary labour. Disney’s presence in the province and their participation in an economy built off slave labour, was seen as complicity or even a tacit endorsement of the regime, with US political officials from both parties condemning the decision.

The spokesperson continued: “You are so ungrateful. We just gave you Rey and her black friend in Star Wars and you are still on our case for bad politics? You know what, maybe we should remake Song of the South. How would you like that huh? I bet that would win us some fans. Grateful fans. Fans who know how to treat a corporation right.” 

Disney’s 1946 live action/animation Song of the South has long been a source of shame for the corporation, due to accusations of racism and a rose-tinted depiction of slavery. Without any home releases and with Disneyland’s Splash Mountain repurposed as a Princess and the Frog ride, it seems like Song of the South has been all but written out of the history books so for Disney to resurrect the film marks a clear shift in their intended audience.

An anonymous White House source, and noted fan of the original, voiced their approval of the remake: “A tremendous movie! Many people say it is one of our great movies! One of the very greatest! We should be very proud of our American history, very, very proud. So remaking Song of the South it is a great deal. A great deal for us, a great deal for Disney.”

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