#BoycottMulan is Trending With the Film’s Release Due to Remarks Made by Liu Yifei
Yesterday, Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan was finally released after several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was released via $30 Premier Access on Disney+, but will be available for no additional fee on the platform come December. Calls to boycott the film are trending once again due to remarks previously made by the film’s star, Liu Yifei.
In August 2019, Liu Yifei posted on Weibo, a Twitter-like Chinese social media platform, the following quote by Fu Guohao, a reporter for the Communist Party-run Global Times: “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now.” Liu then confirmed she agreed with the quote by stating, “I also support the Hong Kong police.”
This was in response to the protests happening in Hong Kong, which began in March 2019 as peaceful demonstrations and have escalated since then due to clashes with Hong Kong police. Not dissimilar to the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the USA, the Hong Kong protestors are resisting police brutality as well as the suppressive nature of the mainland Chinese government.
Liu’s comment sparked the #BoycottMulan hashtag on various social media platforms, but mainly Twitter, which is banned in China. Her comments have lead many to say that she supports police brutality and is anti-democracy and anti-freedom. Stand With Hong Kong tweeted “There is no honour in supporting an authoritarian regime.”