Hong Kong is in the midst of political turmoil when anti-government protesters clash with police, and now the Disney remake Mulan has become an incredible debate point.
First, a summary of the situation: after Hong Kong law introduced a controversial bill that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, citizens responded to mass protests in what has since become a major movement for months with Hong Kong's identity and its relationship with China. The movement, which witnesses mass protests, strikes and civil disobedience, has led to major clashes between police and protesters.
Enter Liu Lufei, a Chinese-American actress in the role of the eponymous heroine in the upcoming Disney Mulan remake. Echoing a message shared for the first time by a state-sponsored Chinese store People Daily she posted an image of Weibo, China's leading social media platform, saying, "I support Hong Kong police, you can beat me now," Along with the hashtag #ISupportTheHongKongPolice.
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Now that the Hollywood reporter is generalizing, a movement to boycott the film has emerged among protesters in Hong Kong and has begun to grow internationally, and it appears that the boycott comes from an online Lihkg forum used by many protesters in Hong Kong and local actions such as protests as well as GoFundMe campaigns financing the event overseas emerged following Liu's comments. Hong Kong protesters and their supporters around the world have blamed Liu Yiffei for supporting police brutality and anti-democratic sentiment.
So far there does not appear to be any response from Disney or Lee to the growing boycott aimed at a movie coming out in the United States on March 27, 2020. The film has already been criticized for its historical inaccuracies in China's depiction of Mulan.
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