When protests against democracy continued in the streets of Hong Kong despite the threats from the Beijing armed forces on Sunday, the Walt Disney Company was able to find itself on screen and in the background between the two sides.
Disney has continuously demonstrated a proactive approach when it comes to doing business in China and Asia, and even properties such as Black Panther and Star Wars: The Force Awakens by But what if the star of a potential $ 1 billion movie in 2020 voices its support for those who allegedly violate human rights?
Born in China, Mulan was born on Thursday Star Liu Yifei said on the Weibo blogging site that she is in contact with Hong Kong police, which has been cracking down on anti-government demonstrators and journalists since June. The riots were triggered by a possible law that would have allowed the delivery of suspected criminals to areas without formal extradition agreements. In addition to the earlier riots, 1
Mulan's Liu Yifei Seems to Have Support for Hong Kong Police # BoycottMulan Trend
"I support the Hong Kong police, you can beat me up now, what a disgrace for Hong Kong." Ialsosupporthongkongpolice, "Yifei wrote last week, suddenly Disney was in the midst of a global human rights whirlpool that she currently faces The deadline for the release of #BoycottMulan in Burbank, CA, ended Friday and they did not respond to requests for comments, RelishMix reports that Twitter hashtag #BoycottMulan rose to 75,000 points on Friday.
After the What we have gathered at this time is not expected to impact the current outcry of # BoycottMulan's social media activities on Mulan .'s release on March 27th takes place in the US / Canada (usually these big tent poles will go out with the USA). Mulan has not yet been dated to China or Hong Kong. A title like Mulan, with a release in the first quarter, will be submitted to the government's Chinese film group in late January. As a rule, the mainland China tells a Hollywood studio about a month before the release date of a picture.
"As the Hong Kong boycott has its source, people in China are intentionally watching the movie to protest the boycott. All of this could actually benefit the film, "says Stanley Rosen, a professor of political science at the University of Southern California and an expert in Asian affairs.
International film insiders are confident that the current political situation in Hong Kong is extremely delicate, it could subside well before Mulan's release.
Sources also say that it's not uncommon for a young, Chinese-born actress like Yifei to be patriotic. While referred to as a naturalized US citizen on Twitter, Yifei's acting and modeling career has been launched in the People's Republic of China. Sources inform Deadline, Yifei would have expressed his support for the demonstrators in Hong Kong, which would have resulted in major complications for Mulan and Disney's business in the PRC. Last week, celebrities such as Tony Leung Ka-fai and Jackie Chan, who have worked for Beijing in the past, put their weight on the state's POV against the Hong Kong protests.
Chan said in an interview with CCTV, "What has happened in Hong Kong lately has filled many heartbroken people with concerns. When I saw that CCTV had posted the hashtag "Five Stars Red Flag has 1.4 billion flagguns" on Weibo, I immediately posted it again. As Hong Kong and Chinese, I wanted to express the most basic principles of patriotism. Security, stability and peace are like air. Only if you lose them will you realize how valuable they are.
Despite the optimism for Mulan in mainland China, the question arises as to whether the impact of the Hong Kong protest will not affect the business, only in the US with Asian audiences, but in other areas outside the PRC ,
"If the situation in Hong Kong becomes polarized, continues, and the crackdown on demonstrators becomes even more violent, and Yifei continues to tweet about her support, it could very well affect Mulan in Hong Kong and Taiwan." says Rosen. A distribution source in the region notifies Deadline that Mulan B.O. The prospects in Hong Kong are already bad (that is, Hong Kong is not among the top ten overseas for Hollywood movies).
But there is one area where #BoycottMulan could have an immediate impact on Disney.
"The biggest impact that the boycott could have is on Hong Kong Disneyland. Already people are not going from the mainland to Hong Kong. Shanghai already has its own Disneyland, "adds Rosen.
Although Disneyland Hong Kong saw a 10% increase in visitor numbers between 2016 and 2018, there were recent reports of a slowdown in net losses in the region of $ 7 million in 2018. Hong Kong Disneyland is not far from the Hong Kong airport occupied by activists, which has stopped flights in recent days.
Some point out that Disney has already published films in areas where there have been geopolitical conflicts, such as Russia or Nigeria, but for some, Mulan is an art that mimics life ,
Rosen says: "For young people, Mulan is about fighting the oppression. Liu's comments will be a personal insult both to her and to the character she loves. Here's an actress who does the opposite of what they believe the Mulan character and legend in the current situation, which would likely be on the side of the demonstrators. Nancy Tartaglione contributed to this report