Hong Kong Protestors Boycotting ‘Mulan‘ After Star Shows Support for Chinese Government. Citizens of China have been gathering in Hong Kong for weeks to protest a new controversial bill.
Yahoo Entertainment summarized the bill with this description: “For the past two months, protests have stormed Hong Kong over an extradition bill that would send alleged criminals to China to stand trial. Since 1997, Hong Kong and China have co-existed as ‘one country, two systems,’ and will remain so until 2047, per the colonial British deal. If the bill passes, contextualizes the Guardian, there is potential for Chinese courts to rule with bias.”
— THR International (@THRGlobal) August 16, 2019
Disney’s new live-action remake of Mulan stars Liu Yifei, a Chinese actress, who showed her support for the Hong Kong police on the microblogging site Weibo. Liu posted in Chinese, “I support the Hong Kong police; you can beat me up now” and “What a shame for Hong Kong” below the image in English.
This outspoken statement has divided her fans online causing a storm of conflict in the comments sections with many unsavory things being exchanged between Beijing supporters and Hong-Kong supporters. So much debate has sparked online the hashtag, #BoycottMulan has started to circulate online and is gaining support from protestor sympathizers.
Many fans worldwide are starting to include their input on the matter and saying how “easy” it is for Yifei to support the Chinese Government since she is a naturalized U.S. Citizen and is not at the forefront of the confrontation. Many fans are stunned that an actress portraying a character who’s whole story revolves around breaking stereotypes and fighting oppression could be in support of a government that is mistreating its citizens so publicly.
Despite the Mulan boycott, the film is scheduled to premiere in theaters on March 27, 2020.
What are your thoughts on Liu’s comment? Will you be seeing Mulan when it hits theaters next year? Or will you join the protest and #BoycottMulan? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We would love to hear what you think.
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