The political turmoil over the past year that has engulfed Hong Kong has extended to an uncommon battleground. Yes, we are indicating towards Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan. An online protest emerged against the film last August, after its star, Liu Yifei, showed support for the Hong Kong police on social media. This ignited a movement, #BoycottMulan Movement. Her comments and the extension of support to the Hong Kong Police have forced Disney, hoping to appeal to both the mainland Chinese box office and American audiences, into a balancing act.
Apart from this, the movie has also been plagued by several other issues that are both inside and out of control of Disney. Coronavirus has had very devastating impacts across China, and this resulted in the closure of movie theatres. Also, the release date for the film has not been revealed yet. The fans of the original movie released in the year 1998 are not happy with the removal of the character Captain Li Shang.
The Producer of the film, Jason Reed, said that the character was removed because at the particular moment of the #MeToo movement. According to them, the commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was a bit uncomfortable, and they thought of it as inappropriate.
Why #BoycottMulan Movement is so significant?
The Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, introduced a bill in March that will be allowing the criminal extraditions to mainland China. The Pro-democracy protests roiled Hong Kong after that, as Lam is also backed up by the government.
Liu Yifei reshared a post from the People’s Daily that said, She supports the Hong Kong Police, and you can all attack her now. Well, these words were originally of Fu Guohao, a reporter from a state-run Chinese newspaper.
Liu faced a backlash from many of her fans around the world who were in favor of the protest, and the #BoycottMulan movement was trending on #1 on Twitter.