A Netflix executive responded Friday to criticism over a planned book-based TV series, with the production company and streaming platform saying it did not agree with the author’s views on Ethnicity of Uyghurs and other Muslims in China.
Five were Republican senators I sent a message To Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix, Wednesday asked the company to “seriously reconsider” its plans to develop a series based on Liu Cixin’s “Three Bodies Problem”, citing Liu’s earlier notes supporting the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
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“ The Chinese Communist Party is committing atrocities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), also known as East Turkestan for the local population, including mass incarceration, forced labor, mind-shifting in order to denounce religion and culture, and involuntary medical examinations, ” the message said to Netflix. : “And to force us to sterilize and abort.”
The senators added, “While Congress is seriously considering the systematic crimes committed against the Uyghurs, we have grave concerns about Netflix’s decision to engage with an individual who is prostituting dangerous Chinese Communist Party propaganda.”
On Friday, Netflix’s vice president of global public policy, Dean Garfield The senators responded with a letter Arguing that Liu’s views “have nothing to do with his book or this Netflix show.”
“Mr. Garfield wrote, according to Reuters,“ Liu is the author of the book, not the creator of this show. “We do not agree with his comments.”
In a 2019 interview with The New Yorker, Liu said he welcomes the Chinese government’s control of the Uyghur population.
“If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty,” Liu said in the interview. “If you want to relax the country a little bit, the consequences are horrific.”
The Senators’ request came on the same day The House of Representatives submitted a bill It targets the companies that benefit From the use of forced labor camps in China, which disproportionately includes Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. The Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020 will require companies that openly trade in the United States and do business in Xinjiang to disclose information about their supply chains.
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