Republican senators demanded that Netflix explain its decision to adapt a trilogy written by a denier of the Uighur genocide by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Through a letter, senators like Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and Rick Scott (Fla.), among others, are gathering support against the streaming giant’s plan to adapt “Three-Body Problem,” a science fiction series by Chinese author Liu Cixin.
In an interview with the New Yorker last year, Liu defended the CCP’s brutal repression of Muslim Uighurs, arguing that this religious minority represented a terrorist threat.
Several reports have documented how hundreds of thousands of Uighurs have been confined in forced labor camps in Xinjiang with the CCP trying to force them to renounce their belief.
“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing atrocities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR),” reads the letter dated Sept. 23, which was also signed by Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).
Netflix announced its plans earlier this month and even hired Liu as a “consultant producer” for the English adaptation of the trilogy.
“Sadly, a number of U.S. companies continue to either actively or tacitly allow the normalization of, or apologism for, these crimes. The decision to produce an adaptation of Mr. Liu’s work can be viewed as such normalization,” said the Republican senators in their letter.
While the senators did not call for the total cancellation of the adaptation, they asked Netflix if the company would “cast a critical eye” on the project.
“While Congress seriously considers the systemic crimes carried out against the Uighurs, we have significant concerns with Netflix’s decision to do business with an individual who is parroting dangerous CCP propaganda,” the letter said.
“In the face of such atrocities in XUAR, there no longer exist corporate decisions of complacency, only complicity,” said the senators.
The links between Hollywood and the CCP
Netflix’s collaboration with Liu reflects Hollywood’s desire to supply the Chinese market, “even if it means turning a blind eye to the country’s human rights abuses,” notes journalist Yuichiro Kakutani of The Washington Free Beacon.
An example of this is the recent remake of Disney’s Mulan, a production that even thanked Xinjiang authorities, some of which are directly involved in the repression of Uighurs, such as the Turpan Municipal Office of Public Security, for the closing credits.
Hollywood has even shifted its stars from the posters promoting its films in accordance with the request of the Chinese authorities, even doing so for racial issues, as some of its own artists, like John Boyega, have denounced.
Netflix and the Democrats
Bela Bajaria, vice president, content acquisition at Netflix, was in charge of “international content” when Netflix ordered the adaptation of Liu’s work.
In fact, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Bajaria oversees all of Netflix’s original series worldwide.
It is worth mentioning that Bajaria is a mega-donor for Joe Biden’s campaign: he has given $500,000 to a group affiliated with the Democratic candidate.
She and her husband, Doug Prochilo, hosted a Biden fundraising event, led this month by vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
Prochilo, who is also a prolific Biden donor, had his Twitter account deleted after the Free Beacon reported that he had tweeted denigrating comments about Republican women.
“Pipe down, you illegal immigrant criminal,” Prochilo tweeted in July, referring to First Lady Melania Trump.