Disney's Mulan actress, Liu Yifei, supports police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong. "You can all attack me now", she posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform where Yifei has almost 66 million followers.
Protests in Hong Kong have been ongoing for almost 11 weeks, with it reaching it's pique after 5,000 protests led the airport to be shut down on Monday and Tuesday.
Another Twitter user, John Stone, who also urged for a boycott of the new Mulan movie, said the actress stood "against the people of Hong Kong".
A post by Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei pledging support for the Hong Kong police in the wake of unrest fueled the hashtag #BoycottMulan trended on Thursday. "What a shame for Hong Kong", she wrote, according to CNN. You can all attack me now. Those arrests, along with the issues of police brutality and what protestors see as an ongoing stripping of Hong Kong's autonomy from the Chinese mainland, have only stoked the fires of the protests, and in recent days demonstrators have gone as far as storming Hong Kong's airport. That bill has since died, but the protests have continued as a fight for democracy.
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Celebrities outside of Hong Kong and China have also chimed in. "Liu is a naturalized American citizen.it must be nice. meanwhile she pisses on people fighting for democracy. retweet please". Her 65 million followers were perplexed by the post, but it was still able to get quite a bit of support at the same time.
Mulan is another in a long line of animated Disney classics being recreated in the live-action aesthetic, and ever since the first trailer dropped in early July, fans have been on the fence about the variations between the upcoming film and its predecessor - most notably the absence of Mushu, the lovable dragon sidekick originally voiced by Eddie Murphy. Liu has been one of China's most bankable stars over the last decade, appearing in fantasy and action films while also supporting a musical career.
While she's being criticized widely on Twitter, Liu's support of Chinese authorities is the norm for Chinese entertainers. Now, Disney's Mulan has been dragged into the middle of this, thanks to Liu Yifei's public endorsement of the police. Jackie Chan did in an interview with China's CCTV where he states, "I feel the pride of being a Chinese everywhere".
A representative for Yifei did not immediately respond to request for comment.