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  • People are calling dishonor on Disney's live-action Mulan after the star of the upcoming remake,

  • Crystal Liu, posted on social media in support of the Hong Kong police force.

  • Liu's admission of support of Hong Kong law enforcement, which has been under scrutiny

  • for what human rights groups have deemed an excessive use of force against pro-democracy

  • protesters, sparked outrage in China and caused a ripple effect around the world.

  • Taking to Weibo, the Chinese social media site on which Liu has over 65 million followers,

  • the actress shared an image that reads,

  • "I support Hong Kong's police, you can all attack me now...What a shame for Hong Kong."

  • She hashtagged the image, originally shared by the Chinese newspaper group People's Daily,

  • #IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice, then added a heart emoji.

  • Less than 24 hours after Liu posted the photo, it amassed over 72,000 likes and was shared

  • over 65,000 times.

  • Backlash has been just as swift, though.

  • The hashtag #BoycottMulan has taken over Twitter and Instagram in the time since Liu's post,

  • with the tag feed filling up with dozens of posts per hour.

  • One user on Twitter wrote,

  • "Support Liu's Mulan = Support Police's Abuse of Power.

  • The spirit of Mulan is about bravery, not fighting the citizens with unlimited force."

  • Another user went viral with his #BoycottMulan tweet that reads,

  • "Disney's Mulan actress, Liu Yifei, supports police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong.

  • Liu is a naturalized American citizen.

  • it must be nice.

  • meanwhile she p---es on people fighting for democracy.

  • retweet please.

  • HK doesn't get enough support.

  • #BoycottMulan @Disney."

  • Another added,

  • "I thought people were just overreacting at first but yikes.

  • She really just f---ed over that movie and all involved.

  • The movie's budget was already rumored to be pretty large too.

  • A simple recast won't fix this issue.

  • They'd have to likely reshoot the entire film.

  • #BoycottMulan."

  • Over on Instagram, user @rileyscreed shared a post that read in part,

  • "...if you support what the police are doing in Hong Kong, you are unbelievably ignorant.

  • They violate human rights for fun.

  • She comes from such a place of entitlement it's not surprising that her closed mind would

  • spew out this trash."

  • So what's this all about?

  • In recent months, the Hong Kong police force has been the center of an intense debate about

  • police brutality, democracy, and the autonomy of Hong Kong.

  • In June, hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong gathered to protest a bill that

  • would grant criminally charged residents the possibility to be extradited from the Hong

  • Kong city-state to mainland China.

  • Protesters fought against the bill, arguing that it would destroy Hong Kong's autonomy

  • that it established under the "one country, two systems" standard in 1997.

  • Local police have since implemented increasingly aggressive tactics to dissuade protesters

  • and clear the streets, going so far as to use tear gas in enclosed spaces and shoot

  • rubber bullets into crowds, seriously injuring and even blinding protesters.

  • As things have escalated, activists' focus has evolved from the proposed bill in particular

  • to general outrage over police brutality and a fight for democracy in Hong Kong.

  • On top of that, Variety reported that Facebook and Twitter have been forced to crackdown

  • on what is believed to be an attempt by the Chinese government to intentionally spread

  • misinformation about the protests on social media - using Mulan.

  • And while social media bots spread pro-government Mulan memes, the official state-backed media

  • have begun hyping the film as well.

  • Complicating things even further, there's the fact that Chinese stars are sometimes

  • forced to publicly support government policies regardless of their personal feelings.

  • In 2018, the nation's biggest movie star, Fan Bingbing, completely vanished without

  • a trace for six months.

  • It was later learned that she had been placed under house arrest for failure to pay taxes

  • on her movie earnings.

  • Upon her release, Bingbing issued a repentant propaganda statement praising the Chinese

  • government, which raises the question of whether Mulan star Liu posted the pro-government comments

  • of her own free will to begin with.

  • "Celebrities like Jackie Chan and film studios are required by the government to support

  • core sociaist values."

  • All of which puts Disney in a very tricky spot which would seem to make it difficult

  • for the company to recast the role, especially since the movie has already been filmed.

  • There is some precedent, though.

  • In 2017, just weeks before the release of the crime thriller All the Money in the World,

  • star Kevin Spacey was accused of numerous instances of sexual assault.

  • Director Ridley Scott decided to remove Spacey from the film entirely, and reshot all of

  • his scenes with Christopher Plummer in the role instead.

  • In any case, a boycott of this caliber isn't good for any party connected to Mulan.

  • Liu's statement doesn't bode well for her public image, it doesn't help the people of

  • Hong Kong exposed to the chaos currently overtaking the city-state, and it casts shadows on Disney,

  • which goes to great lengths to maintain a squeaky-clean reputation.

  • Only time will tell whether the boycott will impact the film, which is currently scheduled

  • to open in theaters on March 27, 2020.

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    Seina posted on 2020/09/07
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