March 27, 2020 marks the U.S. premiere of the once highly anticipated live action remake of Disney’s classic animated feature film, ‘Mulan.’
Seven months ahead of the flick’s release, however, there’s been an international call for boycott thanks to some controversial political support thrown from the direction of Liu Yifei – the Chinese-American actress cast as the production’s leading lady.
Hong Kong is smack dab in the middle of political turmoil thanks to reports of anti-government protesters clashing with local police authorities over the unveiling of controversial legislation (click here to read). Amidst the uproar, Yifei took to Weibo (China’s leading social media platform) to say:
“I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now #ISupportTheHongKongPolice.”
Needless to say, her stance wasn’t appreciated by locals. Voicing their disappointment via the hashtag #BoycottMulan, their cries were heard across the ponds and – not even a day later – the phrase was trending internationally. See highlights below:
As of time reported Yifei nor Disney have responded to the backlash.