While Disney CEO Bob Iger recently stated that the company would potentially boycott doing business with the state of Georgia in regards to a new abortion law, conservative outlets are now pointing out Disney’s hypocrisy, considering its business with China.
Although Iger, speaking for Disney, was quick to threaten traditionally-conservative Georgia over its abortion laws, he and the company have been silent regarding China’s human rights abuses, including the mass-internment of its minority Muslim population.
Despite the alleged abuse of approximately 13 million Muslims by the Chinese government, Iger said of the 2016 opening of the company’s Shanghai resort that it was the “greatest opportunity since buying land in Florida.”
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From The Daily Caller:
The Walt Disney Company is considering boycotting Georgia over its new abortion law, even as Disney profits from doing business in China, a notorious human rights violator that is putting Muslims in internment camps.
“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” Iger said. “Right now we are watching it very carefully.”
“If [the bill] becomes law, I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there,” Iger said.
Disney apparently has no issue with doing business in China, which has undertaken mass detentions of Uighur Muslims, placing them in internment camps.
Disney opened a $5.5 billion resort in Shanghai, China, in 2016. Iger called Shanghai Disney the company’s “greatest opportunity since buying land in Florida.” Disney partnered with a state-owned company, Shanghai Shendi Group, for the resort.
“With its growing middle class, China is a particularly important growth market for Disney,” The New York Times reported in November 2018.
Chinese authorities in 2018 “dramatically stepped up repression and systematic abuses against the 13 million Turkic Muslims, including Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region,” Human Rights Watch noted in its annual report on China.
“Authorities have carried out mass arbitrary detention, torture, and mistreatment of some of them in various detention facilities, and increasingly imposed pervasive controls on daily life,” the watchdog group’s report said.
Chinese authorities in March implied it would not cease operating its internment camps until the country has no more Muslims to put in the camps.