#BoycottMulan Trends After Star Liu Yifei Expresses Support for Hong Kong Police

Carla Harmon
August 18, 2019

A hashtag calling for the boycott of Disney's upcoming live-action Mulan adaptation started trending after the lead actress Liu Yifei voiced her support for the Hong Kong police.

There were calls to boycott Disney's live-action remake of Mulan, in which she plays the protagonist. Evidence shows that the situation in Hong Kong would not have deteriorated so much had it not been for the interference and incitement of foreign forces, Liu told a press conference at the Chinese Embassy in Britain.

Mr Liu hit back today, saying the protesters can not be allowed to drag Hong Kong into a "dangerous abyss" and said that there must be justice "no matter who they are and however they hard they try and whitewash their actions".

If you aren't aware of what is going on in Hong Kong, a quick and incredibly over-simplified explanation of the most recent events over there can be explained as the residents of Hong Kong have been engaging in pro-democracy protests after a bill was proposed that would let mainland China extradite criminals. Liu has 65 million followers on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform. You can all stack me now.

While comments on Weibo, a tightly controlled network popular in China, fully supported Liu and the Hong Kong police, her post prompted a #BoycottMulan hashtag on Twitter, which is blocked in China. The eyepatch became a symbol of the Hong Kong protests after the August 11 protests at Tsim Sha Tsui, when police allegedly shot a woman in the eye with a beanbag round. Numerous Chinese celebrities also shared the same post. An American person, who has the right of free speech, uses it to say the supports the brutality of Hong Kong police. Protesters fought against the bill, arguing that it would destroy Hong Kong's autonomy that it established under the "one country, two systems" standard in 1997.

Movie star, martial arts master and Hong Kong native Jackie Chan also came under fire for an interview he did with Chinese media organization CCTV.

Liu's move in sharing the post affected her career as many netizens took to Twitter to show their disappointment with the actress.

Police have meted out violence against pro-democracy demonstrators amid heightened tensions in the former British colony. "Yet in Hong Kong, these are under serious attack". Lam is backed by the mainland government, and pro-democracy advocates fear the bill would allow Beijing to punish dissidents more easily and forcefully. On Sunday afternoon, police used rubber bullets on protesters, leading to widely circulated images of a female protester bleeding from the eye, sparking further anti-police brutality protests.

Representatives for Disney and Yifei did not return Yahoo Entertainment's requests for comment.

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