calling for her to be replaced as Mulan in the upcoming live-action adaption of the Disney classic over her support for Hong Kong police.hinese actress Liu Yifei appears unconcerned over a foreign social media campaign
Last week, Liu was one of millions of Chinese netizens to share a post from People’s Daily with the quote: “I support Hong Kong police, you can beat me now.” Those words were spoken by state media reporter Fu Guohao as he was tied up and beaten by protesters when things got out of hand at the Hong Kong airport last Tuesday.
While Fu’s words were seen as heroic and inspirational inside China, they weren’t so well-received internationally where many hold a less favorable opinion of Hong Kong police who have been accused of using excessive force against protesters and journalists.
After news of Liu’s show of support for Hong Kong police broke outside China, the hashtag #BoycottMulan started trending with fans calling the 31-year-old actress unworthy of playing the leading role.
— 🇭🇰BtoB 💙 SHINee (@theodorahkk) August 15, 2019
— Elijah Drake 🏪 (@EdwardVersaii) August 15, 2019
Disney’s Mulan actress, Liu Yifei, supports police brutality and oppression in Hong Kong.
Liu is a naturalized American citizen. it must be nice. meanwhile she pisses on people fighting for democracy.
— sean norton 🌹 (@sdnorton) August 15, 2019
#BoycottMulan how tone deaf do you have to be to support police brutality when you just filmed a character who is supposed to stand against oppression in its raw form? Pound sand. pic.twitter.com/Ug8pfh3JPN
— Tom S. Foolery (@foolery_s) August 16, 2019
Disney has not made any comment on the campaign. However, Liu herself responded a short time later with a one-sentence post on Weibo: “If you are not like-minded, then leave.” The comment was followed by a laughing emoji.
The post has more than half a million likes and tens of thousands of comments from evidently “like-minded” netizens expressing their support for Liu.
Curiously, Liu made this post last Thursday and hasn’t posted again since then. She’s usually a fairly frequent poster on Weibo where she has over 65 million followers. She hasn’t responded at all on Twitter to the backlash.