Disney fans have been looking forward to the release of the live-action Mulan, coming out in 2020. However, the movie is facing calls for a boycott now, because the star, Crystal Liu, supports the actions of the police of Hong Kong.
Millions of people walk the streets in Hong Kong, trying to keep the democracy that the Chinese government is encroaching on, and having increasingly chaotic protests to try to get some support that have caused a backlash of police brutality. Police have used tear gas and physical force in an attempt to contain the protesters, some of whom have been hospitalized. There has been a large wave of public support for the protesters; many people have articulated their agreement with the goal of the protests.
At the same time, some support the Hong Kong police, saying that the protests are getting out of hand and the police have to fight back to control it and they are just doing what’s necessary. This includes Crystal Liu. On Chinese social media site Weibo, she posted the comment “I support the Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now.” She also added the comment, “What a shame for Hong Kong,” and the hashtag #IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice. After this comment, critics were quick to accuse the actress of supporting police brutality, and not sympathizing with the people in Hong Kong who didn’t have the same rights as her, a naturalized US citizen.
The hashtag #BoycottMulan went has begun to trend on both Instagram and Twitter.
The boycott, as a whole, was started out by users of Likhg, a platform similar to Reddit but in China. The boycott organizers have been trying for international support, aimed at “anybody who supports freedom and democracy.”
By Mihika Shivakumar