Disney Boycott Called by Hong Kong Protestors After Mulan Star Supports Police

Jackie Chan's comments on the Hong Kong protests sparked anger on social media

Liu Yifei, the Chinese-born actress starring in Disney's upcoming live-action "Mulan" remake, waded into the Hong Kong protest controversy on Thursday by expressing support for the city's police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest. They reported, "Nearly all the comments on her post echoed support for the Hong Kong police and Beijing".

According to some fans on social media who refuse to believe Liu is anti-democratic, she may be under pressure of the powerful Chinese government because of her celebrity platform.

The Hong Kong protests began in June in response to the government's consideration of a new extradition bill that could potentially allow Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to China at the discretion of its leaders.

"I support the Hong Kong police, and you can beat me up now", she wrote alongside "What a shame for Hong Kong", captioning the post with the hashtag #Ialsosupporthongkongpolice. As Yahoo Entertainment explains, "Hong Kong and China have co-existed as 'one country, two systems, ' and will remain so until 2047, per the colonial British deal". Despite the bill being suspended, protesters have continued to call for reforms.

Another said: "I think you should give up your U.S. passport first, you betrayed China and now back to China for RMB, shame on you". "Some say her support for Hong Kong's government is not in the spirit of Mulan's character".


Liu Yifei, who is a naturalized American citizen, caused immediate backlash when she posted her police support. Video has also emerged of Hong Kong protesters waving American flags and singing America's national anthem.

Twitter user Cheuk Ting Ho wrote that she was happy when Disney announced the live-action remake of Mulan as the character was a childhood hero. One person against Yifei's support explains. However, with the Mulan remake not scheduled to open until March 27, 2020, it remains uncertain whether Liu's pro-police sentiments will affect the film's public reception and box office results in China.

Liu's social media feeds are ablaze with fans arguing from both sides of the political divide.

In an interview with China Global Television Network posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Chan, 65, said: "Recently there have been events in Hong Kong that have made people sad and depressed".

A representative for Yifei did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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