n a reversal of the usual script, a Chinese star is now facing a global backlash for something that she shared on social media.
Over the last two days, the words, “I support Hong Kong police, you can beat me now” have been shared across Chinese social media by millions of netizens.
The quote comes from Chinese state media reporter Fu Guohao who was tied up and beaten by protesters at the Hong Kong airport on Tuesday after being suspected of being an undercover cop.
While Fu’s words may be popular and inspirational inside China, they aren’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.
This has created problems for Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei, the star of the upcoming Mulan remake, who was one many, many Chinese celebrities to share the viral Weibo post from China’s People’s Daily newspaper.
After news of Liu’s show of support for Hong Kong police broke outside China, the hashtag #BoycottDisney started up with many fans calling for her to be removed from Mulan.
— 🇭🇰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
Honestly disappointed to hear about Liu supporting police brutality. I was actually kinda looking forward to this remake but people like her playing Mulan ultimately ruin the story #BoycottMulan pic.twitter.com/F1sXD0tzWD
— 🇵🇭AngeLaLaLa🏳️🌈 (@HahAngela12) August 16, 2019
Liu, 31, was born in the city of Wuhan and spent part of her childhood in New York City before moving back to China to begin her acting career.
Neither Liu nor Disney have commented on the “boycott.” Liu’s post supporting Hong Kong police remains up. She would likely face a far greater backlash if she took it down.
Mulan is scheduled to hit theaters on March 27, 2020.