Disney’s live-action Mulan movie has sparked a huge number of boycott calls, after leading star Liu Yifei made controversial comments supporting Hong Kong police.
Hong Kong citizens have been holding mass protests against the government over a proposed extradition bill that many say would take away freedom and autonomy from Hong Kong, as well as go against the agreement in place that China would not interfere until 2047.
There have been numerous reports of police brutality and violence used against protesters, and this past week, protests against police brutality brought Hong Kong International Airport to a halt.
But the star angered many people on social media platform Weibo, posting an image from China’s newspaper The People’s Daily which has Chinese text reading: “I support the Hong Kong police. You can hit me, too.” Underneath, it reads in English: “What a shame for Hong Kong.”
Sharing the post, Liu added the caption in Chinese: “I also support the Hong Kong police.”
A heart emoji and a strong arm emoji accompanied this caption.
Numerous people criticised Liu for her post and shortly, the #BoycottMulan hashtag was trending on social media platforms including Twitter.
On Instagram, the official Mulan page has been flooded with commenters saying they will not see the movie when it launches in cinemas.
One comment reads: “I used to look forward to this movie, but [it seems] the actress who [plays] the main character can’t understand the core value of the story: freedom, gender equality, protect homeland. #boycottmulan”
Mulan is scheduled for release on March 27, 2020.