“BoycottMulan” Trends After Crystal Liu Expresses Support for HK Police

By on August 16, 2019 in Movies, NEWS

“BoycottMulan” Trends After Crystal Liu Expresses Support for HK Police

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.

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

12 comments to “BoycottMulan” Trends After Crystal Liu Expresses Support for HK Police

  1. linda8765 says:

    The market is in mainland anyways, say what you got to say.

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    • anon replied:

      @linda8765

      Exactly, the western market and HK-riot supporters are irrelevant to this production.

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  2. noodlez says:

    I don’t need to boycott her movies. Seen 1x and never again. She should take acting classes. Seriously take them.

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    • rika replied:

      @noodlez Pretty sure Disney didn’t cast her for her acting skills.

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    • m0m0 replied:

      @noodlez
      she’s a bad choice for mulan to begin w/

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  3. oystergirl says:

    Being that her grandfather is the Chairman of a very sizeable investment group in China, such political statements in favor of the mainland govt. should come as no surprise to anyone.

    Highly doubt Disney cares what the HK audience has to say about her, considering they are not the target demographic, anyway. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was part of their agenda.

    Even if it weren’t, Disney is well known for the irony of promoting morality in their movies, while failing to be morally upstanding, themselves. So this whole debacle falls perfectly in line with the way they’ve been doing things.

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    • anon replied:

      @oystergirl

      Agreed, Disney is full of hypocrisy themselves. They’ve been operating like that since the start.

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  4. meilin says:

    “Liu is a naturalized American citizen. It must be nice. Meanwhile she pisses on people fighting for democracy”

    couldn’t have said it better myself

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    • anon replied:

      @meilin

      Funny how these rioters are fighting for “democracy” under Chinese rule, but never uttered a word during the British colonial era. I’m sure their white worshippers gave them plenty of democracy pre-1997. /s

      (The British never did, nor did they gave them any rights to vote yet you see these traitors waving British colonial flags pretending as they did)

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      • miyabi replied:

        @anon agreed. i’ve seen some waving the american flag, even. lmao what? do they even know how much worse things are right now over there in america???? thousands have died from mass shootings and no one in congress is willing to exercise gun reforms, they give no shits to their citizens. women are raped and they’re forced to carry their babies to full term and after that, they’re forced to share joint-custodies with their rapists. most people are still earning below minimum wage. america isn’t altogether “LAND OF THE FREE” as the white asses are proclaiming it to be.

        i’m all for a democractic government, but seriously, people have to be educated on their choices and have a firm grasp of understanding of what “democracy” and the full details of the proposed extradition bill mean, which i doubt the hundreds of thousands of rioters have. most of these people are ignorant and driven by irrational fear. fear of what would happen when an extradition bill is passed. fear of being plucked lawlessly from the streets (lol), or fear of change in general.

        the rioters don’t know how good they have it in hong kong since 1997. has anyone been forced to wear communist garbs? work the fields? seriously millions of them probably work for large chinese companies. have they been ill-treated then? don’t tell me these rioters are all working for british corporations in hong kong because i sure as hell don’t believe it.

        all i know is, some disgusting murderer is not on trial yet and no justice for the dead girl is carried out yet, because of these people.

        sorry for digressing, mulan is a crap movie anyway which i don’t plan on watching. i mean, hearing a group of ancient chinese peeps speaking in asian-english is just weird as hell. i know it’s to cater for the western market, but still.

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      • luye replied:

        @miyabi i agree US has many problems that you mentioned. Especially the gun & abortion issues. I read some peoples responses to the protest in HK & people said if it happens in US, they wouldve been shot by the police. It’s disgusting how people can be so proud of police brutality. I’m sure fear is one of the reasons why people are against the extradition bill. I think mainly, HKers dont want the Chinese government to have such a great influence on their rights. The murder occurred in Taiwan. In fact, when the Taiwan’s president saw millions protesting, she responded saying she doesnt want an extradition law

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  5. 1piscesish says:

    I thought at one point, Chinese netizens were complaining that the characters were speaking English and not Chinese. Are they going to dub it to Mandarin for the release in Mainland?

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