Even Hollywood’s starting to feel the impact of Hong Kong’s protests.
Crystal Liu (劉亦菲), the star of Disney’s Mulan, was met with controversy after the actress reblogged a post supporting Hong Kong police on Weibo.
The reblogged Weibo post read, “I support the Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”
Though the original post itself has been reblogged by many Chinese netizens and celebrities who are supportive of the Chinese government and its crackdown on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations, Crystal’s reblog sparked outcry outside of China, especially among pro-democracy netizens.
Hong Kong protestors, who said they will boycott the film when it will be released on March 26, 2020, were backed by many international supporters, and the hashtag “BoycottMulan” trended on Twitter.
“Oh, Crystal Liu. What did you do?” wrote one journalist on Twitter. A netizen replied, “She saved my fam $60 going to Mulan, that’s what she did.”
Another Twitter user pointed out the irony of the situation, as Crystal is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
“Real ironic for a naturalized American citizen to sh*t on people fighting for freedom and democracy,” said the user.
Lihk, a Hong Kong discussion forum, said it will plan to boycott Disney with intentions to hold demonstrations in front of Hong Kong’s Disneyland. The hashtag “BoycottDisney” also started to trend on Twitter, with netizens hoping that Disney would comment on the issue.
Mulan, which is Disney’s live-action adaptation of its own 1998 animated film, was not warmly received when it premiered its first trailer earlier this year. Opinions of the film were divided, as many felt that the film was not entirely historically accurate.
Netizens pointed out several discrepancies. First, Mulan lived during the Northern Wei (386-534) period, but the Fujian tulou, which were built after the 12th century, made an appearance in the film. Second, the original story of Mulan was about a girl who disregarded tradition to replace her father in the war, not because she wanted to fight for her country. Third, many fans felt Mulan’s bridal makeup to be inaccurate, although the crew alleged that they followed Tang Dynasty cosmetic designs.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.