A group called The Milk Tea Alliance is leading calls for a boycott against Disney’s live-action Mulan because of political views expressed by the star Yifei Liu. As pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong in 2019, she expressed support for the police on social media.
Via EW, she was pretty nervous during her press junket for the film:
It’s understandable, considering the last time she was publicly forthright she faced criticism. In August 2019, as political unrest in Hong Kong boiled over in protests in the streets, Liu sparked an online backlash and calls to boycott Mulan after sharing a social media post in support of the police force, which was under international scrutiny for alleged brutality. The actress came prepared to address the issue, her talking point repeating comments she’d already made on the matter. “It’s obviously a very complicated situation, and I’m not an expert. I hope this all gets resolved soon.”
For public figures and others who get paid by large corporations, there is no longer any upside to expressing personal or political views on social media. Watch the trailer as well as this explainer on Hong Kong and decide for yourself if you want to join the boycott.
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