'Mulan' Star Causes Stir With Her Political Views, Fans Call for Disney Boycott

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Posted: Aug 16, 2019 1:30 PM
'Mulan' Star Causes Stir With Her Political Views, Fans Call for Disney Boycott

Source: AP Photo/ Matt Sayles

To Disney's chagrin, Mulan star Crystal Liu has taken sides in the ongoing dispute between Hong Kong and mainland China. The Chinese-American actress, posting on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, wrote, "I support Hong Kong's police, you can beat me up now," complete with the hashtag "IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice."

Social media users immediately accused the actress of promoting police brutality and urged people to boycott the new live-action Mulan and Disney studios.

Hong Kong entered a period of unrest in June after the introduction of an extradition bill that would have allowed residents charged with a crime to be extradited to mainland China, where they were not expected to have a fair trial. The Communist Party controls the courts. Citizens worried that the measure would threaten the autonomy they've had since 1997, when Britain handed the territory back to China. What the protesters want is for the bill to be officially withdrawn, the resignation of a few relevant officials, and an investigation into police behavior.

It all came to a head at Hong Kong Airport this week. Thousands of protesters stormed the facility and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights. Some scenes have been brutally violent. Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets against the demonstrators, while the other day a group of protesters beat up a man they thought was a Chinese spy. He was later identified as a journalist for the Chinese state newspaper Global Times.