After news emerged that actress Liu Yifei had expressed support for the controversial Hong Kong (HK) police, the Internet quickly responded, encouraging moviegoers everywhere to boycott Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Mulan. The hashtag #BoycottMulan quickly started trending in HK in a matter of days.
Now it seems it has spread. According to The Korean Times, there is a growing use of the hashtag within Korea in support of the ongoing Hong Kong Protests. Waves of netizens have criticized Liu for her stance and declared that they "will not watch any of her works in the future." Others have responded by explaining how Liu's behavior goes against their principles, "I don't want to see a movie starring the person who supports a police crackdown in Hong Kong."
The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) -- which has been largely associated with supporters of the Communist Party of China -- has been widely criticized in the last few weeks for its use of excessive force against unarmed protesters, journalists and non-participants. The Hong Kong government has yet to condemn their actions or offer any sign of compromise with regard to the demands of the pro-democracy protesters, whose numbers in a recent march swelled to almost two million.
The #BoycottMulan campaign against Liu began when the actress posted an image on the Chinese social media site, Weibo, featuring the popular pro-Beijing slogan, "I support the Hong Kong Police, you can hit me now." The phrase originated from a man -- later identified as a mainland Chinese journalist -- who had been detained by protesters in a rally opposing the HKPF and Beijing's growing influence on the HK government. Although the Twitter campaign is clearly spreading, neither Disney nor Liu Yifei have offered a response.