The Hong Kong protests taking place have turned violent. Police have mobilized to quell the dissent, which has resulted in injuries and video footage of civilians being beaten, shot, and brutalized. Well, the actress headlining Disney’s live-action Mulan movie, Crystal Liu Yifei, supported the police in their efforts to stifle the riots via a post over on Weibo, which resulted in Americans getting angry on behalf of the Hong Kong residents.
Hollywood Reporter published a story indicating that Yifei – who was born in China, moved to America, became a national citizen but moved back to China to make a career in film and television – expressed sentiments of support for the Hong Kong Police. The Hollywood Reporter wrote…
“Posting to her 65 million followers on Chinese social media platform Weibo, Liu shared an image originally released by the state-backed People’s Daily, reading: “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now,” followed by, “What a shame for Hong Kong.” Liu added the hashtag “IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice” and a heart emoji. The post received over 72,000 likes and over 65,000 shares in less than 24 hours.”
This post spawned a #BoycottMulan hashtag on Twitter for a short time, with various people trying to encourage others to boycott Mulan over Liu’s comments.
Disney’s Mulan actress, Liu Yifei, supports police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong.
Liu is a naturalized American citizen. it must be nice. meanwhile she pisses on people fighting for democracy.
— sean norton 🌹 (@sdnorton) August 15, 2019
This all stems from demonstrations, marches and protests from Hong Kong residents marching for more democratic reform and less constraints from mainland China.
It’s unlikely that the hashtag to boycott the movie Mulan will amount to much, though. The mainstream media and mainland China will likely squelch any kind of major public dissent when the time comes for the movie to hit theaters.
Given how much Disney controls and the fact that most people even in America don’t care about their freedoms being taken away by big tech, it’s very unlikely that a mass boycott would be effective against Disney or Mulan.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)