Calls for a boycott of Disney’s live-action remake of the 1998 animated movie “Mulan” were trending on social media Friday after the movie’s star, Chinese-born Crystal Liu Yifei, shared a message supportive of the police crackdown on Hong Kong protesters. #BoycottMulan
The actress shared a text image Wednesday from The People’s Daily, a Chinese newspaper tied to the country’s Communist party, that read “I support the Hong Kong police; you can beat me up now” to her nearly 66 million followers on Weibo, a social media service similar to Twitter that is popular in China.
Lettering below read in English, “What a shame for Hong Kong.”
Liu’s post had been liked 78,000 times in less than a day from when it was initially shared and retweeted nearly 69,000 times.
Liu’s comments have prompted the rise of the hashtag #BoycottMulan on other social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter — all of which are blocked by China’s strict censorship regime. On Instagram, her comments have also become host to a showdown between pro-Beijing and pro-Hong Kong factions.
On Twitter, user Cheuk Ting Ho said she found Liu’s lack of sympathy for protesters “disappointing,” adding, “They are fighting for their homeland like Mulan.” Another user earned over 1,300 retweets in less than 12 hours for the message, “How tone deaf do you have to be to support police brutality when you just filmed a character who is supposed to stand against oppression in its raw form?”
Meanwhile in Hong Kong…
China Readies ‘Giant Forks’ To Subdue Hong Kong Protesters
Hong Kong protesters may be in for an electrifying experience after Chinese riot police were pictured training with ‘terrifying giant fork devices’ designed to subdue humans and pin them to the ground, according to the Mirror.
While unconfirmed, the 8-foot poles with U-shaped prongs are believed to be able to deliver an electric shock.
The protests, now in their 11th week, have been alternating between the streets, subways, and airports of Hong Kong. While largely peaceful, there is a growing contingent of activists using violence and property destruction to protest the government, resulting in police tear gassings and beatings.
Chinese state media release footage of military vehicles gathering in Hong Kong
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted “emergency response exercises” since early July, revealing that the military is not only prepared for combat, but will use whatever weapons are handed to “infantry” against protesters in and around the autonomous city of Beijing.
Hong Kong is governed under a policy known as “one country, two systems,” in which Beijing rules the city but allows it to operate as a capitalist economy to generate revenue. City residents have organized massive protests over the past few months – at their peak attracting 2 million of the city’s 7 million people – against a proposed law that would allow Hong Kong police to extradite individuals regardless of nationality to China if the Communist Party accuses them of violating Chinese law. Fearing arrests for publicly rejecting communism, the protesters have demanded the full rescinding of the bill.
More to come as this story develops.