Why Fans Called for Mulan Boycott Amid Hong Kong Protests

Why Fans Called for Mulan Boycott Amid Hong Kong Protests

Liu, 31, who will star in the 2020 Disney live-action remake of Mulan as the titular heroine, posted the comment on China's Weibo microblogging platform on Wednesday (Aug 14).

A post on social media by high-profile actress Crystal Liu Yifei voicing support for police in Hong Kong has sparked an angry reaction in the city - including calls for a mass boycott of "Mulan", her upcoming action flick for Disney.

Another said: "I think you should give up your United States of America passport first, you betrayed China and now back to China for RMB, shame on you". She hashtagged the image, originally shared by the Chinese newspaper group People's Daily, #IIAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice, then added a heart emoji.

"The central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a risky road, down a unsafe abyss".

The territory has been convulsed by sometimes violent pro-democracy protests over the past 10 weeks. Twitter users accused the actress of supporting police brutality, and called out the fact that she's an American citizen.

Since the protests in Hong Kong began more than two months ago, the police's conduct has become a central issue for the demonstrators.

Mr Liu warned unnamed "foreign forces" against interfering in the situation and said: "I want to reiterate here that Hong Kong is part of China". Disney has yet to comment on the controversy.

At this time, both Yifei and Disney haven't commented on Yifei's social media post or the boycott.

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. Earlier this year, Hong Kong was poised to pass a controversial extradition bill that would allow a person arrested in Hong Kong to face trial elsewhere, including in mainland China. Whether it's the message of support itself or her tone, which paints protesters as bullies who beat up innocent people, the reaction was swift. Protests in the troubled Chinese city have mostly been peaceful, though authorities have used excessive force on activists and journalists.

It must be pointed out that the "One Country, Two Systems" is enshrined in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, not worldwide law, the Chinese spokesperson stressed. Others have found that protesting the government carries huge career implications: the Catopop singer Denise Ho, a vocal supporter of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, has been blacklisted from the mainland Chinese market.

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