Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Disney Fans Call For Mulan Boycott Over Star’s Controversial Comments

Disney Fans Call For Mulan Boycott Over Star’s Controversial Comments

Protestors in Hong Kong are calling for a boycott of Disney's live-action Mulan after the leading actress Crystal Liu also known as Liu Yifei showed support for the Hong Kong police. "Another said: "#BoycottMulan because while these people in HK are fighting for their rights while being brutalized by their own police, Liu Yifei is sitting her happy ass down in the U.S. enjoying the rights those people don't have while supporting the police brutality from afar".

The campaign against Liu and Disney began on the online discussion forum Lihkg, where many Hong Kong protesters are exchanging ideas and support, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Mulan actress has brought the upcoming remake right in the middle of the ongoing pro-democracy and anti-police brutality protests.

"I support the Hong Kong police", Yifei said. Since 1997, Hong Kong and China have co-existed as "one country, two systems", and will remain so until 2047, per the colonial British deal.

Another said: "I think you should give up your US passport first, you betrayed China and now back to China for RMB, shame on you". The bill has since been suspended, but the government of Hong Kong has also begun to arrest protestors under older rioting laws. "Yet in Hong Kong, these are under serious attack". Earlier this week police and protesters clashed at Hong Kong's airport. The original post received over 2 million likes and an outpouring of support, and Liu's post was liked 81,000 times.

Twitter is really where the boycott of Disney and its next live-action remake Mulan has taken off.

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Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, was cast as Mulan in 2017 after Disney saw almost 1,000 candidates for the role, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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. Liu Yifei acts on behalf of justice", one user wrote.

While she's being criticized widely on Twitter, Liu's support of Chinese authorities is the norm for Chinese entertainers.

"I've visited many countries while our country was rapidly developing in recent years, I feel the pride of being a Chinese everywhere; the five-starred red flag is respected worldwide".

The Walt Disney Company did not immediately respond to CBS News' request for comment.

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