This Disney Movie Caused Such a Controversy, Disney Changed Their Filming Processes

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Disney has faced its fair share of controversies recently. From The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan and Wendy casting of Halle Bailey as Princess Ariel and Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell, as well as the entire debacle with “Don’t Say Gay” with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the Sunshine State, there has been one controversy after the other. But Disney is always listening to these criticisms and changing their processes while needed. We have reported previously on proof that Disney CEO Bob Iger was listening to fans, and now there’s news that one particular controversy caused Disney to change its policies.

Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan

Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell from Peter Pan / Courtesy of Disney

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In 2020, Disney was under scrutiny due to the numerous controversies surrounding their live-action adaptation of Mulan. The controversy surrounding the movie was focused on the fact that parts of the film had been shot in Xinjiang—known also as East East Turkestan. The Chinese Communist Party is known to be committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims in that region, among other ethnic and religious minorities.


Mulan poster / Credit: Disney

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CBR recently reported on the interview Rep. Mike Gallagher gave Deadline after meeting with Disney CEO Bob Iger. Gallagher shared, “Disney claims that, having seen that blow up in their faces, they changed their processes. That was a decision made by the director or the producer, higher headquarters at Disney didn’t approve it, so now they have some process for approving things like that. We’ll see. I don’t think they were lying to me about that.”

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Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort/Credit: Disney

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One of the main controversies that Disney has been dealing with recently is one that involves the rest of Hollywood as well. Many have been worried that Disney has been too cozy with the CCP and, in particular, that Hollywood is acquiescing too much to China’s censorship demands. The meeting that Rep Gallagher had with Bob Iger was to assuage these concerns, and it seems that they addressed other concerns as well, along with censorship.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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