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#BOYCOTTMULAN is trending. Should a Disney Star be Criticized for Her Support of HK Police?


Hong Kong is in the midst of political turmoil as anti-government protesters clash with police, and now Disney’s Mulan remake has become an unlikely flashpoint for debate.

First, a recap of the situation: after the Hong Kong legislature introduced a controversial bill that would allow criminal suspects to potentially be extradited to mainland China, citizens responded in mass protest, in what has since become a major movement over months with the identity of Hong Kong and its relationship with China at stake. The movement, which has seen mass protests, strikes, and civil disobedience, has led to major clashes between the police and the protesters.

Enter Liu Yifei, the Chinese-American actress cast as the eponymous heroine in Disney’s upcoming Mulan remake. Echoing a message first shared by the state-sponsored Chinese outlet People’s Daily, she posted an image on Weibo, China’s leading social media platform, reading, “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now,” alongside the hashtag #ISupportTheHongKongPolice.