#BoycottMulan Trend Gains Momentum as Yifei Liu Remains Silent After Supporting Hong Kong Police

The #BoycottMulan trend isn't dying down.

Netizens are continuing to slam Yifei Liu, the star of Disney's live-action remake of Mulan, after she expressed her support on social media for Hong Kong police, who have cracked down on journalists and activists this summer amid massive pro-democracy protests.

The #BoycottMulan trend first gained momentum on Thursday, a day after Liu used the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo to support the police. She posted a screenshot of an image first shared by China's state paper, People's Daily: "I support Hong Kong's police, you can beat me up now." She added to her 65 million followers: "What a shame for Hong Kong" and the hashtag, "IAlsoSupportTheHongKongPolice."

Liu is an American citizen who was born in China. She moved to the U.S. when she was 10 years old, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. She became a U.S. citizen at 15 years old but moved back to China to pursue a career in Chinese TV and movies. Before landing the role of Mulan, she was best known for The Forbidden Kingdom, The Assassins and The Third Way of Love.

Liu and Disney did not respond to Newsweek when asked for comment. It's unclear if Liu will be replaced or Disney will take any action.

#BoycottMulan was the No. 5 trend on Twitter Friday, with more than 45,200 posts.

People responded on Friday to Liu's support of Hong Kong police by sharing brutal photos that showed police in riot gear, attacking protesters. One argument boycotters made was that Mulan is an independent woman who fights for what's right, but they said Liu is supporting people who brutalize women.

"Mulan is about a female taking control and fighting for her own destiny. Liu Yifei supporting an entity that assaults women who dare to voice their opinion shows her indifference," one popular tweet said. "@Disney is willing to ignore this for the big bucks in China, but we shouldn't. #BoycottMulan."

Another user wrote, "This is f***ing annoying. An American person, who has the right of free speech, uses it to say the supports the brutality of Hong Kong police. If you think people will support you, Liu, you're wrong. Get your shit together @Disney. Same with you, Liu Yifei. #BoycottMulan."

Protests in Hong Kong have been ongoing for nearly 11 weeks, and a massive demonstration led the airport to be shut down on Monday and Tuesday. The demonstrations were triggered by a bill that would have allowed suspects accused of a crime in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China. Protesters fear the bill would allow Beijing to crack down on dissidents.

Protesters are now calling for an investigation into police brutality. Police have used rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas and batons against demonstrators. They also allegedly let an armed mob attack protesters in July, resulting in dozens of injuries.

As of now, the live-action remake of Mulan is slated to debut in theaters March 2020.

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The #BoycottMulan trend isn't dying down.Netizens are continuing to talk about Yifei Liu, the star of Disney's live-action remake of "Mulan" after she supported Hong Kong police Disney