Disney’s Mulan faces boycott as its star backs crackdown on Hong Kong protesters

Disney’s Mulan faces boycott as its star backs crackdown on Hong Kong protesters


 Disney’s live-action remake of the animation Mulan is facing calls for a boycott, after its star voiced support for the crackdown on Hong Kong protestors   Chinese-born actress Liu Yifei reportedly shared a post from state media People’s Daily on her Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter  It translates to: “I support the Hong Kong Police. You can all beat me up now.”  In the post, it adds in English: “What a shame for Hong Kong ”  Liu shared it with a hashtag ‘I also support the Hong Kong Police”.    The post, which draws over 82,000 likes and nearly 150,000 comments, comes amid heightened tensions in the former British colony  Pro-democracy demonstrators have lashed with local police in protests originally sparked by much criticised extradition proposals  He apparent endorsement provoked fierce criticism in the West and the hashtag #BoycottMulan began trending on Twitter, which is banned in China  Web users posted videos of police brutality online as they shared using the hashtag  One said: “Mulan is fighting for the defenseless p***s and and Liu Yifei is supporting Hong Kong (police) brutality ”  Another one wrote: ” Mulan is about a female taking control and fighting for her own destiny  “Liu Yifei supporting an entity that assaults women who dare to voice their opinion shows her indifference    Critics accused Liu, who is now a naturalised US citizen, of supporting police brutality and denying Hong Kong citizens the rights she enjoys in her adopted country   Others wrote on Facebook : “If she loves China that much, why don’t she abandon her US citizenship and go back to China?”  She is not the only star who has been criticised for their stance on the protests  Kung Fu movie star Jackie Chan, who was born in Hong Kong, reportedly told Chinese TV CCTV that the events were “sad and depressing”  He added: “I have visited many countries and I can say our country has been rapidly developing in recent years  “I feel pride in being Chinese wherever I go and the ‘five-starred Red Flag’ is respected everywhere around the world ”  He was accused of failing to support pro-democracy protesters.  Demonstrators first took to the streets in June after the Hong Kong government put forward proposals that would have allowed some suspects to be sent to mainland China for trials  This led to fears of Hong Kong’s independent legal system being bypassed, with people being pulled into China’s legal system – which can involve television confessions and a lack of judicial safeguards seen in Hong Kong and the UK  The government suspended the planned legislation although protesters have pressed on with broader calls for it to be scrapped entirely along with demands for democratic reforms  Disney has been contacted for comment.  Mulan, a live-action reimagining of the 1998 animated film, is set to arrive in March next year

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