Hong Kong is in the midst of political turmoil as anti-government demonstrators collide with the police, and now Disney's Mulan remake has become an unlikely focal point of the debate.
First, a summary of the situation: After the legislature in Hong Kong had presented a controversial bill that allowed the delivery of criminal suspects to mainland China, citizens responded with mass protests, which had since become a major movement, the identity of Hong Kong and his relationship with China at stake. The movement, in which mass protests, strikes and civil disobedience took place, led to violent clashes between police and protesters.
Enter Liu Yifei, the Chinese-American actress cast in Disney's future as the eponymous heroine Mulan makes a remake. Following a message first shared by the government-sponsored Chinese outlets People's Daily she posted a picture on Weibo, China's leading social media platform: "I support police from Hong Kong, you can beat me up now. "Next to the hashtag #ISupportTheHongKongPolice.
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Now, as the Hollywood Reporter summarizes, a boycott movement has emerged among protesters in Hong Kong and has grown internationally. The boycott appears to be due to the Lihkg online forum used by many demonstrators in Hong Kong, and local actions such as protests and GoFundMe campaigns promoting the event overseas have arisen following Liu's comments. Hong Kong protesters and their supporters around the world have accused Liu Yifei of supporting police brutality and anti-democratic sentiments.
So far there seems to be no reaction from Disney or Liu to the growing boycott movement against the film, which will be released on March 27, 2020 in the US. The film has already been criticized for historical inaccuracies in its depiction of Mulan's China.
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