Liu Yifei’s support to controversial Hong Kong police had an adverse impact on her career, the news spread and the internet responded by motivating movie enthusiasts everywhere to boycott Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan. The hashtag #BoycottMulan has spread in Hong Kong and has become popular in a matter of days
Mulan affected because of Liu
The hashtag seems to be spreading and affecting Mulan. According to The Korean Times, there is an increase in support of ongoing Hong Kong protests in Korea by the use of hashtagging. People continue to criticize Liu for her stance by declaring that they will not be watching any of her works in the future. There is another group which has responded by the explanation for Liu’s approach, which goes against their principles. There are responses that people do not want to support someone who supports police crackdown in Hong Kong.
Reason for the rebellion
The Hong Kong law (HKPF) — that has been for the most part related to supporters of the political party of China — has been widely criticized within the previous few weeks for its use of excessive force against unarmed protesters, journalists and non-participants.
The #BoycottMulan campaign against Liu began when a historian shared a picture on a Chinese social media web site, Weibo, featuring the popular pro-Beijing slogan, “I support the Hong Kong Police, you can hit me now.” The phrase originated from a man — later identified as a mainland Chinese journalist — who had been detained by protesters in a rally opposing the HKPF and Beijing’s growing influence on the HK government. Although the Twitter campaign is clearly spreading, neither Disney nor Liu Yifei has offered a response. And hence, the campaign continues to grow.
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