Boycott Urged For Mulan After Star Backs HK Police

Boycott Urged For Mulan After Star Backs HK Police

Sat, 08/17/2019 - 11:45

Disney’s new live action remake is facing calls for a boycott after its star, Liu Yifei, has voiced support for the Hong Kong Police.

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Chinese actress Yifei, a naturalised US citizen, reposted a pro-police comment on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

The territory has been the scene for pro-democracy protests over the past 10 weeks, some of which have turned violent. The police have been accused of being heavy handed by Rights groups and the UN.

Ms Liu had shared a Weibo post from the government-run Beijing newspaper People's Daily that read (in Chinese): "I also support Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now."

The post adds in English: "What a shame for Hong Kong."

She received widespread support on the platform, which is subject to censorship, but on Twitter, which is banned in China, the hashtag #BoycottMulan has begun gaining traction.

Twitter users have accused the actress of supporting police brutality, and also pointed to the freedoms she enjoys as an American citizen.