Magazine October 19, 2020, Issue

Mulan: Shilling for the Bad Guys

Liu Yifei in Mulan (Walt Disney Pictures)

You should not pay to watch Disney’s Mulan, the biggest blockbuster (so far) to open exclusively on streaming video, for several reasons. First, because the price tag is a gouge job: $29.99 for an under-two-hour movie, on top of the seven bucks a month you need to pay to subscribe to Disney Plus. Second, because the movie wasn’t just made in cooperation with the bureaucratic despotism in Beijing; it was partially filmed in Xinjiang, the westward region of China whose Muslim inhabitants are being ruthlessly persecuted and culturally erased. Third, because — as almost always with these Disney live-action homages

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This article appears as “Shilling for the Bad Guys” in the October 19, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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