Activists call for ‘Mulan’ boycott of star’s position in Hong Kong

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Activists are calling for a boycott of the live-action Disney remake “Mulan,” citing a social media post by the lead actress in support of the Hong Kong police.Pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong to Thailand highlighted a 2019 social media post by Liu Yifei, who stars as the main character, who has expressed support for the police. They are urging people to avoid the film, which launched Friday on the Disney + streaming platform.

“Because Disney bows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly approves of police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge all who believe in human rights to #BoycottMulan,” the activist tweeted on Friday. from Hong Kong Joshua Wong.

Disney spokespersons did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Liu reportedly shared a social media post in August 2019 amid widespread protests in the former British territory, with the caption: “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong. ”

Liu, a native of China and a U.S. citizen, toned down the rhetoric in a February interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s obviously a very complicated situation and I’m not an expert,” she says.

The message came as police clash with thousands of protesters opposing a controversial bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China from Hong Kong.

While protesters have since had to change tactics due to a sweeping national security law imposed by China in June and COVID-19 restrictions, tension remains high. Last week, pro-democracy protesters gathered in a Hong Kong mall to chant slogans ahead of the one-year anniversary of a violent confrontation with police.

The film was originally slated to hit theaters earlier this year, but has been postponed amid the pandemic. Instead, Disney opted to launch it for $ 30 on its streaming platform in a crucial test for the $ 11 billion movie business.

“A success of premium video-on-demand for Disney will squeeze the traditional cinema model, forcing other studios to follow suit,” Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Geetha Ranganathan and Amine Bensaid said. They say the movie has to be bought 10 million times just to break even.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly urging residents and visitors to exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, concert halls and other public spaces.

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