Lead actress’ comments spark more backlash over ‘Mulan’ remake



Victoria Loredan, Staff Writer

Live-action remakes are the latest trending controversial topic on social media. The latest target: Disney’s upcoming Mulan. However, people aren’t attacking the movie, but the main actress herself. 

Liu Yifei, in the titular role of Mulan, has been criticized over social media for the remarks she made on August 15 about the Hong Kong government and their response to protestors in recent months.

“I support the Hong Kong police,” she posted on Weibo. “You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”

Wifei’s Weibo post which roughly translates to, “I support Hong Kong’s police, you can beat me up now.”

Many Twitter users have accused the actress of supporting police brutality, using #BoycottMulan on Twitter, which is already banned in China. 

Unlike reactions on Twitter, Yifei received much praise for her remarks on Weibo, a Twitter-like Chinese social media platform.  A plethora of comments echoed her support for the Hong Kong police. 

Other Chinese celebrities such as Jackie Chan and Kim Eui Sung are coming out and voicing who they support, whether it be the police or the protestors. Both sides seem to be getting ready for the long haul, as it seems neither side is ready to give up. What started as a simple protest has transformed into something much darker and violent. 

This isn’t the first time that the Mulan remake has stirred up controversy. Disney’s decisions to omit Mushu the talking dragon, originally voiced by Eddie Murphy, the main love interest Li Shang, and original songs, were also met with criticism online. It was later revealed that Disney made these decisions on the basis of accurate cultural depictions and to tell a story that was more faithful to the original fairytale than their 1998 adaptation.

Mulan is scheduled for release on March 27, 2020.