Disney’s Mega budget live-action remake of Mulan is set to be released but the pro-democracy activists in several countries in the region are calling on audiences to steer clear of the movie via the growing #BoycottMulan movement.
This protest against the film is a wave of coordinated social media activity in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand over the weekend urging filmgoers to skip the movie because of past comments made by its star, actress Liu Yifei, supporting Hong Kong’s police force.
Joshua Wong, one of the active voices against the film’s release tweeted, “Because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan,”
The heat of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests last summer, the Mulan actor Liu, a Chinese American posted a picture which read, “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now and What a shame for Hong Kong.” Her post led to an instant backlash from the city’s pro-democracy activists, who have repeatedly accused local police of brutality, unlawful arrests and even torture.
The actor said in an interview with the hollywood Reporter, “I think it’s obviously a very complicated situation, and I’m not an expert. I just really hope this gets resolved soon … I think it’s just a very sensitive situation.”
Currently, thousands of young protestors took to the streets in calling for reforms of the country’s monarchy. They protested against Mulan due to the star’s support for the political violence rather than the progressive values of the movie’s themes.