etflix’s high-profile plan to have Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss adapt Chinese writer Liu Cixin’s bestselling sci-fi trilogy The Three-Body Problem is getting a challenge from a group of Republican Senators.
In a letter sent to Netflix chief content officer and co-CEO Ted Sarandos Wednesday, the lawmakers allege that the streamer would be “normalizing” China’s mass imprisonment of Uyghur Muslims in the country’s northwestern province of Xinjiang if it were to work with Liu. The senators quote from a leng gave to The New Yorker in 2019, in which he responded to a question about China’s mass internment of Muslims by saying, “Would you rather that they be hacking away at bodies at train stations and schools in terrorist attacks? If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty.”
The Senators’ letter poses a sequence of questions asking Netflix to justify its decision to proceed with the project in partnership w The letter was signed by Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Martha McSally (R., Ariz.), Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.), and Thom Tillis (R., N.C.).
China’s brutal treatment of its Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang — which has included credible reports of forced labor, systematic “reeducation,” and forced sterilizations to reduce population sizes — has become a flashpoint in Hollywood. The Walt Disney Co. rlier this month when it was revealed that the studio shot portions of its live-action adaptation of Mulan within Xinjiang Province, and later thanked local government police and propaganda agencies in the region in the film’s end credits.
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