Disney has been remaking many of their animated classics into live-action films. Within the past few years, the studio has produced live-action remakes of such films as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin.”
Now the studio is remaking the 90s hit “Mulan.”
Nothing could possibly be controversial about a Disney film, right?
Unfortunately, there is, and now the future of the movie might be in jeopardy.
The actress playing the part of the titular character is in hot water after expressing support for the Hong Kong police, who are using violence to suppress pro-democracy protestors in the city.
CNN reported, “Liu Yifei, the Chinese-born actress starring in Disney’s upcoming live-action ‘Mulan” remake, waded into the Hong Kong protest controversy on Thursday by expressing support for the city’s police, who anti-government demonstrators accuse of using excessive force to quell unrest.
‘I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong,” she posted on Weibo, a Twitter-like Chinese media platform.”
The Twitter-verse didn’t take kindly to her post, and immediately called for the boycott of “Mulan.”
“Immediately, people began posting #BoycottMulan on Twitter—which is banned in China. Hours later, the hashtag was trending in Hong Kong and the United States with 37,700 tweets posted at the time of this writing. Twitter users accused the actress of supporting police brutality, and called out the fact that she’s an American citizen.”
It’s unfathomable that anyone could publicly defend the Chinese-protected Hong Kong police and their oppressive tactics to stop the pro-democracy protestors.
The protestors, however, are not taking the situation lying down.
Earlier in the week, protestors occupied Hong Kong’s airport, shutting down air travel out of one of the world’s largest airports for two days.
The BBC reported, “on Sunday afternoon, a peaceful rally in the city’s Victoria Park led to clashes when protesters moved out of the area and marched along a major road despite a police ban.
There were confrontations in several central districts and police used rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.
In the bustling central Wan Chai district, petrol bombs and sticks were thrown at police, who responded by charging at protesters.
Several people, including a police officer, were injured in the clashes.”
Not all other Asian celebrities agree and have stated so publicly.
CNN reported: “celebrities outside of Hong Kong and China have also chimed in. Kim Eui Sung, a South Korean actor who starred in the cult 2016 zombie apocalypse film ‘Train to Busan,’ expressed support for the protestors on Instagram, writing, ‘We are watching you, praying for you. #freehongkong.’ After being bombarded with critical and pro-Beijing comments, he posted another photo—the infamous Tank Man shot from the Tiananmen Square massacre.”
By supporting the Hong Kong police, the Mulan star is lining up on the wrong side of history. If China gets involved and Chinese forces cross into Hong Kong, it could be another Tiananmen Square type massacre.
Not exactly the kind of situation Disney would want themselves associated with.