The star of Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan” remake faced an online backlash Thursday after sharing her support for the Hong Kong police.
American-Chinese star Liu Yifei, born in Wuhan, re-tweeted a post on Weibo, the Chinese social platform similar to Twitter, which read: “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong,” Variety reported.
The post was originally shared by People’s Daily, a Chinese Communist paper.
On Friday, Ming-Na Wen, who voiced the character in the original Disney animated film, addressed the controversy around the remake, Liu and the protests in Hong Kong.
“We are living in a world right now where there’s so much change and confusion and lot of stress,” she told Variety at the D23 Expo. “And I really, for me, I hope that there is good resolution and peace and people will find a way. I think always, ultimately, the truth and the goodness of people win out and history proves that time and time again. So, we’ll see.”
People in Hong Kong have been protesting against the government over a proposed extradition bill, which has now been suspended.
There have been frequent clashes with the protesters and the police, with many accusing cops of using excessive force and violence to quell unrest.
Protests this week have led to Hong Kong International Airport being brought to a halt.
The hashtag #BoyCottMulan has been doing the rounds on social media ever since Yifei’s post.
See some of the reaction below.
Disney’s “Mulan” was expected to hit theatres March 27, 2020.
ET Canada has contacted Yifei’s rep for comment.