Hong Kong protests: #SupportMulan campaign launched on Twitter after Chinese state media defends star Liu Yifei

Hong Kong protests: #SupportMulan campaign launched on Twitter after Chinese state media defends star Liu Yifei

The Mulan actress came under fire after showing support for the Hong Kong Police Force last week on Chinese social media platform Weibo

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An alternative campaign is emerging on social media, this time to support the film and the actress, Crystal Liu Yifei
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A new social media campaign is emerging online, after #BoycottMulan started trending on Twitter last week. This time, however, the campaign is in favour of the upcoming live-action remake of Mulan, and is being aided by Chinese state-run media, Global Times.

Last week, Chinese-born actress, Crystal Liu Yifei - who plays the lead role in the remake - came under fire from netizens after pledging her alliance to Hong Kong’s police force, who have been accused of using excessive force against protesters in the city.

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"I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong," the actress posted to the Chinese social media platform, Weibo.

Immediately, Twitter users took to the platform to show their dissatisfaction, and #BoycottMulan started trending in Hong Kong and the United States.

“Mulan is supposed to fight for the defenseless (sic) and equality for women,” one user posted to the site.

 
On Twitter, the paper posted a link to the article alongside a hashtag in favour of the film, #SupportMulan.  

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