A huge social media campaign has emerged in multiple Asian countries, urging online streamers and movie fans to boycott Disney’s high-budgeted remake of Mulan, which is all set to be released in particular Asian regions. The campaign is growing with the hashtag #BoycottMulan in many Asian countries.
This whole social media uproar came as a result of the controversial remarks made by Liu Yifei, who plays the leading role in the movie of “Fa Mulan”. The Chinese American actress shared a picture on Weibo (Chinese Social Media Platform) that read, “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now.”
She shared this picture in a time when pro-democracy protests were at large in Hong Kong. Her remarks have fueled great anger and people are quite enraged regarding it. Reason being, people of Hong Kong have accused the local police of carrying out violations of Human rights and violence. Many people have criticized the actress for supporting the Hong Kong police, which they consider brutal and unjust.
As Disney released the movie on Dinsey+, one of the most prominent pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong tweeted, “This film is released today. But because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan.”
This film is released today. But because Disney kowtows to Beijing, and because Liu Yifei openly and proudly endorses police brutality in Hong Kong, I urge everyone who believes in human rights to #BoycottMulan. https://t.co/utmP1tIWNa
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) September 4, 2020
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are obviously small in number as the country’s population is only around 11 milion. This is why, they have also requested activists from other Asian countries to come forward in support of this campaign. The hashtag #BoycottMulan started to grow last Friday as the campaign has received strong backing from pro-democracy activists from HongKong, Taiwan and Thailand.
Pro-democratic protests are still being carried out on the streets of Hong Kong and Thailand, demanding reforms. One of the major reasons behind these protests is the influence of China over these regions.
Disney has spent $200 million over the making of this movie only and so far it has been released on Disney+ in the USA and UAE. However, it is all set to air across Asian regions this Friday. Speculations are that the ongoing campaign may only be able to put a small dent on the movie’s release and it may not be a big deal. According to various analysts, the movie will be a blockbuster in China as it is based on the Chinese legend of Mulan and the #BoycottMulan campaign would not be an issue in the mainland.